Sunday, December 23, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA - Sometimes niceness reaps more than Brownie points with Santa.
On Friday, a Lilburn man and Georgia Department of Transportation employee was crowned for his helpfulness on the state's highways.
Ramon Cantres won the "Most Assists" Award at the Georgia DOT's annual graduation and awards ceremony for Highway Emergency Response Operators, or HEROs.
The "Most Assists" Award is presented to the HERO with the highest number of motorist assists during his assigned shift.
Cantres patrols the "Alpha" shift on weekday mornings, said Monica Luck, a Georgia DOT spokeswoman.
The HEROs patrol over 220 miles of metro Atlanta interstates, with plans to expand to 280 miles on 30 routes in early 2008, Luck said.
Since the program began in 1995, HEROs have assisted well over 500,000 metro Atlanta motorists, including delivering 9 babies.
While their primary focus is clearing traffic incidents, HEROs also assist stranded motorists by changing tires, providing fuel, jump-starting batteries and performing minor mechanical repairs.
Luck said the HEROs set a one-year record of over 80,000 assists in 2007.