TravelCenters Named in Honor of Citizen Drivers of 2014by Jana Ritter - Published: 5/22/2014
Professional truck drivers, Norman Knight and Charlie Endorf are not honored as recipients of the TravelCenters of America 2014 Citizen Driver Award; theyâ€™re also getting memorialized with their choice of TA location named in their honor.
The Citizen Driver Award is designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession through good citizenship, safety, community involvement, health and wellness, and leadership. The program, launched last year, is a way for TravelCenters, the trucking industry and the public to recognize the best of the best, not just for being good at their jobs, but for being good people that everyone, everywhere, both inside and outside of trucking, can admire and respect. With more than 3 million professional truck drivers in the U.S., their impact on the average Americanâ€™s life is largely unknown and underappreciated.
In March, Norman was recognized by TravelCenters for its first annual Citizen Driver Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, in Louisville, Ky. As part of his recognition, Norman was asked to pick any TA or Petro location nationwide to be named in his honor and he chose the TA location in Columbia.
During his 25-year professional driving career, Norman has accumulated 2.75 million accident-free miles, he is a member of the Patriot Guard, a motorcycle club that only does charity events, he rides for the American Legion Riders and the Warrior Watch, (groups that help families of fallen U.S. soldiers) and he is also co-founder of his local American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay for Life Love Bug Team.
Charlie Endorf, a company driver for Werner Enterprises was caught off guard when he was first informed that he had even been nominated for the TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Citizen Driver Award. But Endorf's coworkers at Werner Enterprises believed he fit the bill, and had submitted his name. “We were all invited down to the mid-America truck show in late March and were honored at a dinner,” Endorf said. The honorees were then informed that a TA or Petro truck stop of their choosing would be renamed after them, and that stop would bear their name forever.
“We had to pick out our five favorite TA or Petro truck stops that we had liked over our careers,” Endorf explained. “I picked York because it's close to home and they have a great truck stop there. I've covered the whole country and they have a wonderful facility.”
Last Saturday, the York Petro was officially renamed the Charley Endorf York Stopping Center at a site renaming dedication ceremony held in Endorfâ€™s honor.