Trucker Named TCA Highway Angel for Resuscitating a Dying Man

11/18/2023
Alexandria, Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, VA—

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named truck driver Gannon Sanders, from Shelbyville, TN, a TCA Highway Angel for jumping into action when a man experienced a medical emergency and stopped breathing. Sanders drives for Lew Thompson & Son – A Covenant Logistics Company, out of Huntsville, AR. 

It’s an incredible story: On October 18, 2023, Gannon Sanders was at a farm around 3 p.m in Shelbyville, TN. He was picking up live chickens for a delivery. One of the catch crew team members that catches the chickens to be loaded into cages experienced a medical emergency and stopped breathing. There were multiple people on the farm, but almost everyone froze in fear when their teammate hit the ground not breathing.  

“I jumped right in and started doing what I had to do. He was unresponsive and he turned blue and cold,” Sanders said. “I ran over there and was on the phone with 911—she walked me through CPR, which I did on him for seven to eight minutes until the paramedics arrived on the scene.” 

Gannon’s actions kept this fellow worker alive. At first the man had no pulse, but eventually, Sanders detected a weak pulse and shallow breathing.   

“It was very scary; I ain’t gonna sit here and tell you it was a walk in the park because it wasn’t. In that situation, I was scared—I was fearing for his life.” 

The man has since recovered and thanked Sanders for what he did for him that day to save his life. 

 “It’s nothing on my end; it’s the glory of God that gave me the strength to do that,” Sanders said. 

Since the TCA Highway Angels program’s inception in August 1997, nearly 1,300 professional truck drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage displayed while on the job. Thanks to the program’s presenting sponsor, EpicVue, and supporting sponsor, DriverFacts, TCA is able to showcase outstanding drivers like Mr. Sanders.