Making a difference through trucking
Henry Bruster, a professional truck driver from Woodville, Mississippi, has been driving for UPS Freight for over 20 years. You may recognize Henry from his appearance in TMAF’s video, The Delivery.
Henry’s love for trucks began at an early age. During an interview with TMAF, Henry said, “When I grew up in rural Louisiana and I ordered shoes online, I remember the UPS truck coming to my house and I knew the shoes were here! I was so excited.”
While serving in the military, Henry learned to drive a truck. After completing his service in the U.S. Army, Henry joined the trucking industry.
As a veteran, Henry has said there is no greater responsibility than protecting the lives of others. That responsibility has carried over to his job as a professional truck driver where road safety is a priority throughout the industry.
While competing in the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), all competitors were asked to pledge their commitment to safety, honest and respect. While taking the pledge, Henry felt a great sense of camaraderie among the drivers. Drivers from different companies who were competing against each other came together to celebrate their commitment to safety. The unifying spirit of safety within the trucking industry was inspiring to Henry.
Safety is important to Henry. During the interview, Henry said, “Safety has no shortcuts!” Henry has received awards based on his strong safety record, including being named Driver of the Year at the 2016 Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) Truck Driving Championships.
Henry has also received strong recognition for his work within the industry. He was asked to serve as a member of ATA’s America’s Road Team and ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program, and to lead the Wreaths Across America truck convoy in 2017. Recently, Henry was asked to accompany ATA to the White House; a memorable experience provided by trucking.
When asked about some of the reasons that Henry loves trucking, he told TMAF it’s the freedom of the highway, ability to meet different people and opportunities provided by industry. One of the most rewarding parts of the job for Henry is educating children on road safety and blind spots during Share the Road events. He enjoys taking part in Share the Road events because he knows he is making a difference, especially among the younger generations.
Henry takes strong pride in his job and the work of the industry. He told TMAF, “When we make deliveries, it’s about knowing that you are making a difference. We make it happen.”