CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Driving is one of the deadliest jobs according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, but many companies won’t pay to transport the bodies of those killed on the way home to their families. That’s why the organization Truckers Final Mile recently joined to help an Iowa family.
Dorie Moynihan, a recently retired truck driver of 35 years explains: “You know, we go out and we leave the house and we all know we might never come back. ,” explained Dorie Moynihan.
Moynihan, who lives in Missouri, met Daryn Wagler in Ainsworth over a decade ago when she stopped to help him when his truck broke down in Georgia.
Moynihan explains: “It is always an honor when you meet a trucker on the road and know that you are great friends.
She spent time with his family over the years and was there to help when Daryn died suddenly in a crash on Christmas Day. He’s driving through New Mexico.
“I spoke to Betty, Daryn’s mother and she was very nervous when she first heard. How does he get back home,” said Moynihan.
She had heard about Truckers Final Mile, a nonprofit dedicated to reuniting truckers with their families in a time of tragedy.
“In the trucking industry, except as required by contract, there is no obligation, law, statute, regulation or anything that compels any company to bring any driver home. for any reason. Robert Palm, Founder of Truckersfinalmile.org, explains.
The team was able to help with the cost of bringing Daryn home to his loved ones and final resting place, earlier this month. Truckersfinalmile has helped over 400 families since it started, including 12 already this year.
“Whether it’s Daryn or any of the other drivers we support, it’s our family. That’s what families do,” Palm said.
“I get chills every time I think about Truckers Final Mile,” Moynihan told us.
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