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  • The 3 million mile man

  • St. James - Putting it into perspective, Harold Wallace has been to the moon six and a half times...or better, he's driven around the world 121 times.
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  • St. James - Putting it into perspective, Harold Wallace has been to the moon six and a half times...or better, he's driven around the world 121 times.
    Those were just some of the statistics that were presented Friday at a special ceremony at the Walmart Distribution Center honoring veteran truck driver Wallace for his accomplishment of 3 million accident-free miles.
    In his 12-plus years as the general transportation manager of the St. James distribution center, Rocky Griffith has seen this milestone met only twice. Wallace a Springfield, Mo., native has been a professional driver with Walmart since 1988.
    "It is a rarely seen accomplishment not just with us but throughout the trucking industry," said Griffith.
    Wallace reached the 3 million mark on March 21 of this year at which point Walmart ordered a custom designed 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck for him. The shiny blue cab with his name on it arrived on the Distribution Center's lot via a small procession led by the sirens and flashing lights of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    Close to a hundred co-workers and dignitaries were on hand to honor Wallace who was accompanied by his wife, daughter and his two grandsons.
    "You are the best of the best," said Walmart's Regional Transportation Manager, Rick Aurit. "We have around 7,200 drivers in the US and less than one percent achieve this."
    Aurit was among a number of speakers who recognized this important achievement. Other speakers included Jennifer Riegel from U.S. Rep. Jason Smith's office who noted that she feels safer with such professional drivers like Wallace on the road.
    Missouri State Representative Tom Hurst presented a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives which saluted and recognized the life and accomplishments of Wallace.
    After receiving the keys to his new big rig, Wallace thanked all for coming and noted that he's just been doing his job over all these years. The program concluded with a catered lunch from Bandana's BBQ complete with two sheet cakes in Wallace's honor.
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