Truckers get a daily greeting from a 4-year-old fan

Hagerstown youngster's father, grandfather and great-grandfather all drove tractor-trailers

July 29, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Jonathan "J.T." Hausman, 4, stands outside his house in Hagerstown on Friday, getting ready to wave at a passing tractor-trailer. He goes outside every morning to watch heavy trucks and motorcycles drive by.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HAGERSTOWN — From the front porch of his home, Jonathan Travis Patrick (“J.T.”)  Hausman can tell when a tractor-trailer is coming.

“I like the loud noises their horns make,” he said.

The 4-year old, who lives at 1349 Salem Ave., gets up every morning to wave at all the tractor-trailers that drive by his house, and he tries to get them to honk their horns.

J.T.’s great-grandmother, Patricia Ritter, said she spends every day outside with him while he does it.

“I’m out here every morning and evening watching him,” she said. “He’s out here at the same times every day, like clockwork.”

Friday morning was no different. J.T. was out at 8:30 a.m. waving at the tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks that went by.

Ritter said that J.T. also likes to yell at motorcycles.

“Whenever he sees a motorcycle, he just yells ‘Motorcycle! Motorcycle!’,” she said.

Jessica Fonferek, J.T.’s mother, said that her son has been interested in cars and trucks his whole life.
“He has a huge collection of toy trucks and cars in the house,” she said. “I think he has about 500.”

Fonferek added that J.T.’s interest in tractor-trailers runs in the family. Her father, John Fonferek, and J.T.’s father, Kevin Hausman, both drive tractor-trailers. Ritter said that her late husband, John Ritter, also drove one.

When asked if he wanted to drive a tractor-trailer when he grew up, J.T. simply nodded.

Ritter said that nobody in the family ever showed as much interest in tractor-trailers as J.T. did at such an early age.

“I get a kick out of the nice people that drive by and honk their horns or wave at him,” she said. “I just enjoy being out here because it makes him so happy.”

J.T. is scheduled to start pre-kindergarten in the fall. Ritter said will hinder his ability to wave at the trucks in the morning. However, she added, he comes outside every evening to wave at them as well.

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