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A 2-million-mile hero

August 24, 2008

WILLIAMSPORT - Growing up in the trucking industry, Wilbur "Will" Farver occasionally would get the chance to go on the road with his father.

About 30 years ago, after a stint in the military and working for a sheriff's office in Alabama, Farver decided that he would give the trucking industry a try.

More than 16 years ago, Farver began driving for D.M. Bowman. Farver recently received his second consecutive Million Miler Award.

He also has received a Highway Angel Award.

"The general public needs to hear about the truly safe and professional drivers like Farver on America's highways." said Gary Kelley, senior vice president of driver services and human resources for D.M. Bowman. "Will is in the top 1 percent of his profession - the valedictorian of his class."

While driving down a highway one day, Farver came across a car that had been struck by another tractor-trailer. He pulled over to help.

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Two children and their grandmother were in the car. Farver pulled them from the car, which was being held by a steel guard wire next to a hill.

Coincidentally, the grandmother's last name was Bowman.

"I never expected to receive an award for helping someone," Farver said.

In addition to the 2 Million Miler Award, he has received numerous safety and military awards.

"Our industry is always in need of CDL-A drivers," Kelly said. "If they were all like Will, we would never have any recruiting issues."

In his free time, Farver has been an amateur radio operator since 1990 and enjoys repairing nostalgic ham radio equipment.

Farver also likes spending time with his family, which includes his wife, Toni, his daughter, Sandy, granddaughter, Alexis, and son, Travis.

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