Driver Recruiting
Menu: m

Duckworth completes WAA mission

By: Brad Bentley

Brad Bentley

A University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Bentley spent 15 years as a trucking Publisher before becoming the Editorial Director for Randall-Reilly's Recruiting Media division.

John Christner Trucking’s Bill Duckworth overcomes obstacles to make a special delivery

“Make your life a mission – not an intermission.” Arnold H. Glasow 

Bill Duckworth, JCT driver2012 was an interesting year for Bill Duckworth, a driver for Sapulpa, Oklahoma-based John Christner Trucking (JCT). Much of the year was spent driving and displaying a new Freightliner Coronado that had been customized to commemorate his carrier’s 25th anniversary. The truck with a blacked-out theme was a huge hit at truck shows and Pride and Polish events, where it won numerous accolades in the Combo – Company Truck category.

Duckworth appreciated the fact that the company tried to incorporate 25 years of design into one truck, which was usually accompanied by two motorcycles that Christner had specially built by Orange County Choppers — one to represent the fleet’s 1987 start and the other to represent the present. “We were using this truck in a lot of our recruiting ads, and I used it to haul our tradeshow booth, where we would display the choppers,” Duckworth said. “It’s easy to see why we would get so much attention.”

However, on the horizon for Duckworth was a delivery that would be a lot more about substance than style.

Last fall, John Christner learned about the Wreaths Across America program while in Maine for the Trucker Biker Rally, an annual motorcycle run along scenic American roadways put together by some fun-loving folks who work in the trucking industry. Wreaths Across America’s mission is to ‘Remember, Honor, & Teach’ about the service and sacrifices of our veterans, active military, and their families. The non-profit organization coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at veterans’ cemeteries prior to each holiday season.

“I went to the Wreaths Across America museum on one of our stops during the motorcycle ride, and I knew immediately I wanted our company to be involved. I made a verbal commitment on the spot,” Christner stated. It didn’t take long for Christner to decide who should drive the truck either. “The first thing that popped in my head was I should let Bill do it,” he said.

Duckworth is called “Dollar Bill” by most people at the company, and Christner’s choice was right on the money.

Duckworth is a Vietnam War veteran, who enlisted in the Marines in 1969. He served his country for 21 years before retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant. While in the military, Duckworth got a Class A license and decided to make trucking his career choice after receiving advice from a former comrade who was already in the industry.

Duckworth went to work for now defunct Burlington Motor Carriers and eventually became a safety and training manager there. His wife was also a fleet manager for Burlington in Albany, GA, near where the Duckworths lived. Another of Bill’s military friends was dispatching for John Christner Trucking and knew they were looking for a fleet manager. He passed that info along to Bill, and the Duckworths were soon making the move to Oklahoma.

“They hired my wife, and I came along as a dedicated driver running mostly Tulsa to Nashville,” Bill said. Over time, Duckworth moved back to Georgia, where his wife is now a nurse, but Bill has remained at JCT, working in several capacities. “I’ve been with John Christner for 13 years now and would not work anywhere else.”

John Christner appreciates Duckworth’s loyalty and wanted to reward him with the special Wreaths Across America opportunity. “Bill is just a neat guy. He had a lot of success in our Lease Purchase program and even ran our orientation for a year. He’s done everything we have ever asked, and I felt like having him haul the wreaths was the perfect fit,” Christner said. “I knew Bill was former military, and 22 years after retiring from the service, I thought he could still fit in his dress uniform.”

When Duckworth received the call from JCT about Wreaths Across America, he said he was completely excited about it. “I found out more about the wreaths process and which cemetery I would be going to, and knew I would love to be involved with it,” Duckworth stated.

Unfortunately, Duckworth’s excitement would soon turn to anxiety.

Two months before he was scheduled to pick up his load of wreaths, Duckworth was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His doctor recommended he come off the road immediately to begin treatments, but Duckworth had other plans.

As a former member of the Armed Services, Bill Duckworth understands the importance of finishing a mission. His response to the doctor was he wanted to “Charlie Mike,” which is US military slang for “Continue Mission.” He agreed to the cancer treatments, but not until after he delivered wreaths to honor fallen soldiers.

With Duckworth behind the wheel, Christner’s truck was one of 67 fleets that left Harrington, Maine carrying loads of handmade wreaths as a part of Wreaths Across America Day. They traveled across the nation to honor our fallen soldiers and assure that they were remembered during the holiday season.

Volunteers met the wreath-filled trucks to participate in ceremonies at 800 veterans’ cemeteries and help lay more than 610,000 wreaths. “I threw my dress blues in the truck with me and got a run that finalized in Ft. Stewart, GA. They have a unique way to honor the veterans there, and I was grateful to participate,” Duckworth stated.

While most veterans’ cemeteries have traditional headstones over a fallen soldier’s grave, Ft. Stewart plants a tree for each soldier from their base who was killed in combat. There are 460 memorial trees at Ft. Stewart, and they honor these ultimate sacrifices on Wreaths Across America Day by having a Warriors Walk around a parade field. “I was able to drive my truck to the cemetery and help place wreaths by the trees. It was a humbling experience,” Duckworth added.

Soon after his special delivery was complete, Duckworth began radiation treatments. After a few months, he was cancer-free and back at work full-time.

These days, you still can’t keep Duckworth from a truck show. Dollar Bill’s attention to detail recently landed him a gig as a judge for Overdrive’s Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Contest National Championship Series. Duckworth was a logical choice. As one John Christner staffer said, “This man knows a clean truck!”

Duckworth will be driving the John Christner truck for Wreaths Across America Day again this year and says he enjoys the patriotism displayed by Americans today. “It’s nice that people recognize our military now. It wasn’t that way when I came back from Vietnam,” Duckworth stated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Terms, Conditions, HireRight/DAC and PSP Release

Terms and Conditions

In order to use this website to locate job opportunities, you have agreed your use is subject to the Terms and Conditions of this website.

Privacy Statement

This Policy informs you of the information practices for this website, including the type of personal information we collect, how the information is used and with whom the information is shared. This Policy applies only to the information collected on this website. If you are not comfortable with using this website in accordance with this Policy, please exit the site immediately.

This Policy and the Terms may change at any time. Your information on gathered by this site will be treated in accordance with the privacy policy in effect as of the date you provide information to us. If you do not agree with the privacy practices described in a policy, you should not provide us with information. Because your use of this site after changes have been posted indicates your agreement with these changes, we encourage you to regularly visit this Policy and the Terms. If you have questions about the privacy practices of this site, please contact administrator of this site.

This Policy is effective upon the launching of this site.

Application Submission

By submitting this application I certify that I personally completed this application and that all of the information is true and correct. I hereby request and authorize Carrier Companies and their agents or contractors that receive this application to cause to be conducted, at any time, an investigation of my background for employment purposes, which may include, but is not limited to, any information relating to my character, general reputation, personal characteristics, mode of living, criminal history, past work experience, educational background, alcohol or drug test results, or failure to submit to an alcohol or drug test, or any other information about me which may reflect upon my potential for employment gathered from any individual, organization, entity, agency, or other source which may have knowledge concerning any such items of information. I have completed this application of my own free will and hold harmless of all liability all companies, agents and associated parties for the use of this application. As part of our consideration of your application, the DOT requires companies to investigate your employment background. As part of this investigation, they may obtain consumer reports about you from HireRight/DAC as well as obtaining information about your driving record from the FMCSA and/or the Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP). HireRight and DAC are consumer reporting agencies. Any decision they make not to hire you based on information contained in your consumer reports will be their decision alone. HireRight/DAC does not make any decisions concerning your employment with these companies and will not know the specific reasons why they may decide not to hire you. In the event you are not hired based on information contained in your consumer reports, the companies themselves will tell you. We also advise you of your right to obtain a free copy of the consumer report from HireRight/DAC and your right to dispute the accuracy or completeness of your report. Your consent for these companies to obtain the report from HireRight/DAC is required. Although you have a right to withhold your consent, companies will not consider your application if you withhold your consent.

By submitting this application I authorize Carrier Companies and their agents or contractors that receive this application to obtain may obtain one or more reports regarding my driving, and safety inspection history from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Any decision they make not to hire me based on information contained in your FMCSA reports will be their decision alone. I authorize Carrier Companies and their agents or contractors to access the FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) system to seek information regarding my commercial driving safety record and information regarding my safety inspection history. I understand that I am consenting to the release of safety performance information including crash data from the previous five (5) years and inspection history from the previous three (3) years. I understand and acknowledge that this release of information may assist Prospective Employers in making a determination regarding my suitability as an employee. I further understand that neither the Prospective Employers nor the FMCSA contractor supplying the crash and safety information has the capability to correct any safety data that appears to be incorrect. I understand I may challenge the accuracy of the data by submitting a request to https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov. If I am challenging crash or inspection information reported by a State, FMCSA cannot change or correct this data. I understand my request will be forwarded by the DataQs system to the appropriate State for adjudication.

Collection of Your Information

We collect personal information that you voluntarily submit to us when you complete a job application or complete any other online form or survey. The personal information we request may include your name, social security number and contact information (including address, email address and telephone number) as well as information about your past employment, driving record, criminal history and other information relevant to potential recruiters and employers.

We also collect tracking information as you navigate the Web Site. This information may include certain information relating to you, such as your Internet address, Internet service provider, type of operating system, the time and date you accessed this site and the Internet address from which you arrived at at this site. We may also collect information from you through the use of a "cookie". A cookie is a small file that a web site can sent to your internet browser and is stored on your computer. This type of technology is designed to tell us when you reenter this site, where you visit within the site, and the type of browser you used. You are not required to accept any cookie we might use, although some areas of this site may not be operational without the use of cookies. You can disable cookies on your computer by changing the settings in your browser. The information collected helps us identify data relating to usage and trends, address any problems with website administration and to further improve this site.

Use of Your Information

By submitting your information, you grant us consent to use this information for the purpose of providing the information to interested potential recruiters and employers and other industry related organizations. We do not correct, verify, modify or supplement the information you provide to us. We are not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the information you provide. We simply provide the information you submit on this site to a potential recruiter or employer or other industry related organizations at their request. We are not an employment agency and are not your agent. Other than providing the information you submit on to this site to a potential recruiter or employer or other industry related organizations, we are not responsible in any way for assisting you in obtaining employment nor are we responsible for any employment conditions or employment relationship you may obtain, as a result of using this site. We are not responsible for any use, disclosure, protection or security of the information you submit on this site after the information leaves the possession of the ownership of this site. We may also use the information you provide on this site to communicate with you through direct communications, emails, newsletters etc.

If after filling out an application you decide not to maintain the information you provided or provide your information to potential recruiters and employers, other industry related organizations you should contact the administrator of this site. As you direct the site will cease maintaining your information and/or providing it to potential recruiters and employers.

Once you have found a job or wish to stop receiving communications from our site any email correspondance we have with you will contain an Unsubscribe / Opt-out link that will remove you from those communications from that time forward. You can also email info@besttruckdriverjob.com.

Sharing Your Information with Third Parties

This site will share the information you submit on this site to potential recruiters and employers and other industry related organizations, at their request. The site may disclose your information if we believe it is necessary to comply with law or governmental authorities or in connection with litigation, dispute resolution, or administration of this Policy. The site may disclose or receive your information in connection with a possible sale, purchase, merger or other reorganization of a business.

Retaining Your Information

The site will retain personal information collected through this site for as long as it is needed to fulfill the purpose for which the information was provided or as required by law.

Security of Your Information

To protect the information we receive, this site uses certain security measures designed to guard against the loss, misuse and alteration of that information. These measures include physical, technical and administrative controls including using a secure socket layer (SSL). It should be recognized, however, that we cannot guarantee that transmission of data over the Internet will be absolutely secure. Due to the open nature of the Internet, the information you provide may be in environments that do not have adequate security measures and may be accessed and used by persons other than those intended. As a result, while protection of your information is important to us, the site is not able to ensure the security of information you transmit to us via the Internet and you assume the risk of any third party obtaining that information. Upon receipt of your information, This site will strive to ensure its security on our systems.

Links to other Web Sites

This site may contain links to other web sites. If you choose to access those sites, please review the privacy policy applicable to each site. The links to other sites are made available as a convenience to you and this site is not responsible for the privacy policies and information collection practices of those other sites.

Global Presence

The management, operation and technical processes and systems used by this site may involve transfer of information across borders. For example, information you give may be sent to systems outside the country in which you initially provided the information and it may be processed and stored in a different country. Regardless of where you provide your information, this site will take steps to handle it in a secure manner in accordance with this Policy and applicable law.