Ruan driver Bob Easom was the first ever recipient of the John Ruan Founder’s Award, which recognizes an employee whose actions have a significant impact on the community or who promotes human welfare.
On August 16, 2015, T024 driver Bob Easom left the terminal in Middletown, DE, on a nine-stop load delivering batteries for our customer Johnson Controls, Inc. On Tuesday, August 18, after being on duty for over 12 hours, Easom was completing his last delivery of the day to Walmart in La Plata, MD, at approximately 5:30 p.m. While walking toward his truck, he witnessed a man standing near the bus stop collapse and fall face down. Noticing that no one was providing assistance, Easom rushed over to checkon the individual and assess the situation. Easom quickly determined that this individual had gone into cardiac arrest and began CPR while directing others nearby to call 911. He continued performing CPR until paramedics arrived. This individual was transported to a local hospital, underwent surgery and recovered from his medical episode.
Easom’s quick thinking and heroic actions resulted in saving the individual’s life. Following this incident, Easom did not bring any attention to his actions. The terminal only found out because one of the responding fire fighters mentioned it to a friend who is also a truck driver at the terminal.
Easom received a trophy and cash bonus, as well as a dinner in Middletown with CEO Ben McLean and several other Ruan leaders.