5. May 2014
A truck driver with a prosthetic arm was recognized for his long record of safety.
A longtime truck driver in South Carolina who commands the big rig with one prosthetic arm and the one he was naturally born with has been tapped as a winner of a driving award, according to a published report.
Since he was a 6-year-old, Jimmy Ardis always has wanted to be a truck driver, WBTW reports. He has continued to pursue that boyhood dream – despite having been told he is unable to do so due to his impairment caused by his victory over cancer.
Still, he continued barreling forward with his life's dream while using a prosthetic arm on his left side.
And he has done so in an extraordinarily safe and productive manner. As the driver of 18-wheel big rigs for the past 38 years, Ardis has covered at least 4.3 million miles without having an accident.
As one of the TA/Petro Citizen Driver 2014 award winners, the 53-year-old opted to mark his achievement by having a truck stop in Manning take on his name. The presentation of the Jimmy Ardis Travel center is scheduled for this Saturday.
Overdrive Online reports the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association presented Ardis with an award at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year, when he had marked 4 million miles of safe driving.
"It is a pretty big milestone in my life. I have walked amongst the best of the best now," he told Overdrive Online, noting he recalls perfectly well how he first discovered the illness while a young boy in Oklahoma. "I had sarcoma cancer. I had an uncle in med school at the University of Oklahoma. He'd picked me up by my arm, and when he did I passed out. They rushed me to a joint clinic in Oklahoma City - I remember it like it was yesterday."