Muriel Summerville strolled into our Corporate Office today thinking he had an appointment with our Safety Department. Unbeknownst to him, he was being honored with a pretigious award that less than 2% of the nation’s truck drivers are qualified to receive … The Master Truck Driver Award.
The Master Truck Driver program recognizes our industry’s top drivers who have compiled a career record of excellence through professionalism and service. To be certified, a nominated driver must have either one million accident-free miles or ten years of accident-free driving, be violation free for the past three years, and have a record of educational or community service activities.
Muriel, a 41 year veteran truck driver – 21 of those years with Carter, has driven 2,688,926 accident and violation free miles; the irony that Muriel thought he had an appointment with our Safety Department only added to his surprise.
Today, we celebrate this brother, father, grandfather, and outstanding coworker, who is described as having a spirit that can change the energy in any room, for his accomplishments. Muriel, you are an example to all and have truly mastered your craft. Congratulations!
A Personal Note From One of Merle’s Friends:
Mr. Merle Summerville is a gentle, warm and loving person. He shows compassion and kindness to everyone that he comes in contact with. He is caring, his spirit is contagious, he brings light into the lives of his family, friends and community. He held the position as 2nd Vice President of the Madison County NAACP Branch for 10 years.
In 2012 he received the B. Harry Beckham Award For Outstanding Service In The Fight For Civil Rights. Mr. Merle is someone you can laugh with until the tears run down your face, you can count on him when you need a helping hand and I couldn’t think of a better person deserving of this award. He is truly a great person all around and I’m honored to be his friend.
Mr. Merle’s hobbies include auto mechanics, he restores antique muscle cars, plays chess, attends Bethesda Church and for 45 years he has served on the trustee board there. He has 3 brothers whom are all truck drivers and 4 sisters.
Master Truck Driver Requirements:
The Master Truck Driver (MTD) program recognizes our industry’s top drivers who have compileda career record of excellence through professionalism and service. When you see the Master Truck Driver logo, you know you are sharing the road with a driver who has an outstanding safety record.
To be certified, a nominated driver must have either one million accident-free miles or ten years of accident-free driving, be violation free for the past three years and have a record of educational or community service activities.