Career truck driver and vet Jon Osburn loves to talk, and it’s a good thing. As driver of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s Spirit of the American Trucker vehicle and an OOIDA ambassador, he goes to truck shows, truck stops and conferences across the country, putting him in contact with truckers far and wide.
Larry Wissel, 54, is one of the proud few who has served his country in the military and on the nation’s highways as a professional trucker for more than 30 years.
Nathan Swilling, 34, remembers when he was “that guy” — the newbie trucker holding up traffic, making a mistake or two … or even three. Despite how the transportation industry is part of his heritage — several uncles drive various types of trucks and many women in his family work as fleet managers or dispatchers — he remembers getting into the industry for the wrong reason.
The first time Mary Littler attempted to drive a standard transmission she was 37 years old. And she was seated behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer. Not an easy feat for anyone, but even more intimidating for Littler, who admits, “I was scared of trucks.”
Throughout Steve Press’ 30-year career as a trucker, he’s hauled it all. “Anything they put in the back — sporting goods, ladders, hay,” Press, 60, told The Trucker. But recently, his cargo was a little bigger and furrier.
This is the written testimony of Jackie Ray Childers, who at present is incarcerated in Ridgeland, South Carolina. It is being published here in the hopes it will help others, both in and out of prison, because in the words of Childers, “No matter who you are or what you’ve done, you can get on your knees and ask God to forgive you and He will, and will make great changes in your life.”