Gene Reed of OmniSource Corporation was presented with ISRI’s 2017 Safe Driver of the Year Award for completing 46 verifiable years of safe driving without a single preventable accident. In addition to his safe driving record, Mr. Reed demonstrates what it means to hold safety as a core value, significantly contributes to the trucking industry, and continuously provides service to the community through extraordinary volunteer work.
Mr. Reed’s other accolades include being inducted into the National Private Truck Council – Bridgestone Firestone Drive Hall of Fame in 2006. He is also credited with the heroic act of saving another driver’s life following an accident, and has a strong track record of community service.
Gene volunteers for the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, including having served as chairman of the Communications Committee, and served on the Emergency Services Committee. He also recently joined his local volunteer fire department.
Reed has also been a leader in the Northeastern Indiana Allen County Medical Response Team (MRT) Command Staff. He was selected as one of two drivers entrusted with MADE – 1 (Mobile Advanced Disaster Element One), a 45-foot van trailer which was converted into a mobile emergency room. Gene then developed a system to load the vehicle into a military C-5 aircraft for deployment. In addition to these responsibilities, Gene led the logistics units during field deployments mobilizing specialized equipment and supplies, and served as a strike team leader, team treasurer, and MRT Trainer.
Reed has also traveled to other regions of the country to assist in hurricane recovery. Following Hurricane Katrina, Gene devoted two weeks to help in re-establishing the communications infrastructure of New Orleans. He was also present in New Orleans when Hurricane Rita came ashore, and assisted in helping victims. Gene also assisted in recovery efforts following Hurricane Marilyn in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1995.
In addition to travel to and lodging at the Convention, Mr. Reed received an award, personalized certificate, ISRI Safe Driver leather jacket, congratulatory letter, and a $500 personal check.