Boy Who Showed the World How to Treat Truckers Awarded for “Exceptional Service”
Parkersburg, WV – A teenage boy’s remarkable act of kindness and respect for truckers quickly went viral earlier this year, and a trucking group is now recognizing him for his “exceptional service.”
Logan Miller, 14, of Parkersburg, WV, says he has been in “complete awe” since his story of feeding truckers went around the world back in March.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) was the first to bring you Miller’s inspiring story.
Widespread restaurant closures due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts led to truckers like Miller’s dad, Jason, having difficulties finding a good meal.
When Miller overheard his parents discussing the problem, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
He took $50 he had saved up from his allowance and asked for a $50 advance so that he could buy items such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, Slim Jim’s, crackers, fresh fruit, and lots of bottled water to pass out to truckers at nearby truck stops and rest areas.
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Shortly after TNN published his story, Miller says news agencies and media from around the world began contacting him.
Miller’s act of service even caught the attention of the President of the United States.
President Donald Trump Tweeted a video about Miller’s act of selflessness and gratitude amid the national emergency.
“We were in complete shock,” Miller told TNN this week.
It wasn’t just the media that noticed… many in the trucking industry did too and began following Miller’s lead.
National and State trucking associations, vendors, and trucking companies began passing out meals to truckers at rest areas, scale houses and truck stops around the nation.
Louisville, KY-based Mercer Transportation, where Miller’s father’s single-truck company, Chapter 2 Freight LLC., is leased to, also wanted to help.
Company employees and agents collected donations for Miller’s cause and presented him with a check for $4,250 to help further the cause.
Miller’s most recent honor came on Monday.
The Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) presented its first ever “Exceptional Service to the Trucking Industry” Award to Miller on behalf of its members and America’s 3.5 million truckers.
President of the SBTC, James Lamb, told TNN that Miller’s good deeds should be honored and appreciated, especially at a time when violence against truckers is on the rise.
“At a time when there is so much negativity in our industry, our nation, and the world, the SBTC believes we must take time out to acknowledge the honorable deeds of our youth.” Lamb said. “What Logan Miller did back in March of 2020 was seize the moment. Without hesitation, he did what he knew was right and what needed to be done as America and the trucking industry were in sudden crisis.”
Further, Lamb called Miller a “shining example of what is still good in America.”
“I thought it was going to be a little medal, but they went all out,” Miller remarked about the beautiful trophy. “I’m still in shock how big it is. I was just at a loss for words.”
However, Miller was also quick to put the focus back on his heroes… truck drivers.
“The drivers should be appreciated in every single way possible,” he told TNN after receiving the award. “Without them, the world would stop completely.”
Miller plans to start a foundation for the purpose of carrying out his mission to provide meals to truckers.
It’s quite a lot for a now 14-year-old boy to take in, but he says he, along with his parents, are taking a bit of time to re-evaluate before planning their next steps.
No matter what the future holds for Miller, one thing is certain: he will always be remembered and appreciated for showing the world how to treat the professional men and women who are behind-the-wheel keeping America moving each day.
Photos courtesy of Jason Miller and Joseph Graham