Every trucking company in the U.S. has a numbering system for their fleets. TP Trucking has been working through the hundred numbers lately for the fleet going from 856 to 857 and so on.
Over the summer, the team arrived to truck number 911. The timing of the number coincided with the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. With this in mind, the TP Trucking team decided to create a specific design for the 911 truck cab to honor the heroes and all who were affected that fateful day.
With the help of their partners at Sign Dudes, the 911 truck design included the skyline silhouette of New York, the colors of the United States flag and the word ‘Remember.’
When the truck design was complete, the team focused on finding a driver. Once again, time was on their side. The TP Trucking team had just welcomed an Army Veteran of the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to driver orientation named Christopher Antonelli, a 10 year Army Veteran.
Antonelli’s time in the Army was spent in the 82nd Airborne, as the Army refocused attention to its personnel, Christopher’s unit was designated the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. In simpler terms, Antonelli was a paratrooper who jumped from planes with a stinger missile attached to his side.
The first time Antonelli saw the new 911 truck, he said, “I am not often speechless, but I am now.”
While in Iraq, Antonelli met the love of his life, Deanna. Deanna is also an Army Veteran who served in Iraq as a Medical Laboratory Technician for the328th Combat Support Hospital. She now serves the community of Bakersfield as a registered nurse. Both Chris and Deanna let people know that the events of 9/11/2001 was the reason they entered into service in the Army.
As TP Trucking rolls into the New Year, it is with reflection and silence that we remember the heroes of that fateful day and the tragedy of 9/11/2001.