It seems like every time we turn on the news something bad has happened. All this negativity can be very disheartening. Fortunately, there are still good people out there–people that aim to help with no expected return. These kind of selfless people are an inspiration to all.
Harry Welker, a driver for Melton Truck Lines, is one of these completely selfless people. One morning while on a route in October 2013, Welker and his trainee stopped at a rest area on I-70 in Kannapolis, Kansas. As they headed into the rest stop, they noticed a highway patrolman had a van pulled over. Welker thought nothing of it and proceeded to head into the rest area.
While Welker was in the rest stop, the officer asked for the driver’s identification. At that point the driver of the van became hostile and attacked the officer. As Welker was walking back to his truck, he saw the officer and the man fighting on the ground. The man forced himself on top of the officer and began to reach for the officers’ firearm.
Welker, a former U.S. Marine immediately took action. With no regard to his own safety, he ran to aid the trooper. Having special training, Welker was able to subdue the resisting man. Welker’s special training helped him detain the man without any unnecessarily violent force.
After the man was identified and subdued, the officer found that he was wanted for parole violations in another state.
Welker was recently recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association as a Highway Angel. The Highway Angel Program is an organization created to recognize professional drivers that go above and beyond the line of duty to help people whom they share the road with.
Harry Welker’s quick response and brave action could have saved the patrolman’s life. It is people like Welker and his courage acts that help make this world a better place. Welker is truly a hero and is an example of a shining light of goodness in a sometimes bleak world.