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​Western PA Drivers Haul Hay To Montana For Farm Aid

By Steve Pollock

November, 2017

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EMLENTON, PA… Five Professional Truck Drivers donated their time to haul loads of much needed hay to Montana farmers who were victims of the recent wildfires. Perry Altmire, Jr. and two of his drivers, David Campbell and Rob Metz drove trucks owned by Perry Altmire Trucking. Tim Birkbigler drove a truck provided by Wayne Sell Trucking and John Sutton; owner of J.D. Sutton Trucking drove his own truck.

The “Hay Convoy” was the collective effort of many people, including local farmers Don Angert of Chicora, Smith Farms and Rasp Farms of North Washington and Bruce Walker of Saxonburg who donated hay. The hay was loaded by Jamie Stocker of Parker, PA. The convoy left Altmire Trucking in Emlenton, PA on Saturday morning, September 23rd and arrived in Miles City, Montana on September 25th.

Arrangements were made in Montana by Chad Carmichael of Montana Outdoor Addicts for local farms to receive the hay. Brooke Fair, Teri Miller and Sharon Altmire, employees at Altmire Trucking, planned the trip logistics, including return loads.

To defray the fuel costs and expenses and provide a small amount of compensation to the drivers, individuals and companies gave donations. Many thanks to the Professional Truck Drivers who took time from work and home to help the farmers of Montana feed their cattle during the upcoming winter. The whole project was a testament to the “can do” spirit of hard-working, everyday people who wanted to help their fellow Americans in a time of need.

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The drivers who made the trip to Montana.

Some of the generous folks who made donations to make the trip possible.