At Contrans, the slogan we stand behind is Courage To Go Far. Those four words have come to represent our trademark way of doing things—with integrity, reliability and compassion. But there’s someone on our team who came to embody it in ways even we never could have imagined.
On April 30, 2012, a truck driver transporting a load of granular cement attempted to negotiate the ramp to the westbound lanes of the QEW at Royal Windsor Drive and lost control of his vehicle. The truck and trailer rolled, trapping the driver inside. Our own Stephen Lill happened to be traveling behind this truck driver and witnessed the accident firsthand.
Recognizing a fellow transport driver in need, Stephen quickly pulled over without a second’s hesitation and attended the scene, crawling into the cab and sitting with the injured driver until help arrived.
Emergency personnel arrived and eventually freed the driver who was then flown to Hamilton with life-threatening injuries. Fortunately, he made a full recovery, thanks in part to Stephen’s courageous efforts.
We are oh-so proud to be congratulating Stephen Lill for winning the inaugural Castrol Courage to Go Far Driver of the Year Award, although it comes as no surprise to us and is certainly well-deserved. This honour was created in partnership with Castol Heavy Duty Lubricants and is bestowed upon a Contrans Flatbed Group Driver or Owner Operator who goes above and beyond the call of duty—we think Stephen’s heroic story more than covers it.
Stephen was nominated by his co-workers for being super helpful, incredibly capable and a fearless difference-maker. His compassion for this driver whom he did not know is undoubtedly astounding, admirable and inspirational.
Stephen has been employed with Contrans Flatbed Group and been a local driver for our Mississauga Multi Board dating back to August 17, 2011. From everyone within our organization, we would like to thank Stephen for embodying the courage that each of us aspires to every day. He has made us incredibly proud and we are thrilled to have had this opportunity to spotlight his extraordinary act of heroism.