American Central Transport Driver Recognized for Helping Stranded Motorist

December 27, 2010

American Central Transport, Inc. (ACT) has just honored owner operator Mike Kahre for coming to the aid of a fellow motorist while on duty.

On December 17th, Kahre spotted a car with a blown-out tire stranded on the side of the road just outside of Lamar, Missouri. Its female driver had attempted to retrieve the spare tire from the trunk, only to find that it, too, was flat. No one else was coming to the driver’s aid, who was standing alone on the side of the road in freezing temperatures. Kahre pulled his rig over and offered assistance. Taking the spare tire, he refilled it with air and put it on the driver’s car for her. “I can’t just drive past someone who needs helps,” said Kahre, “I have a wife and three daughters and I would want someone to stop and help them if they ever broke down.”

ACT found out about Kahre’s good deed by chance. As Kahre was working, ACT president, Tom B. Kretsinger, Jr., just happened to drive by and take note of the ACT truck number. Upon returning to the company, he was able to identify Kahre as the Good Samaritan. As a result, the company presented Kahre with an “Atta Boy” award, given to people who go above and beyond the call of duty while on the job. “I’m so glad I was able to witness this act of generosity, because I know things like this happen all the time,” said Kretsinger. “ACT has a really great crew of drivers and they’re too humble to report to us the kind things they do every day.”

“I was really surprised that the company even knew about what I did,” said Kahre. “I like to be of service to others and have always tried to help out whenever I can over the past 30 years.”

Along with his award, Mike Kahre received a gift certificate to the ACT company store. Kahre, a resident of Jasper, MO, and is originally from Lockwood, MO. He and his wife Vina have three daughters and four grandchildren.

American Central Transport, Inc. is a dry van truckload carrierĀ  serving major shippers throughout the eastern half of the United States.

Founded in 1926 as E.K. Motor Service, the company was later renamed after it was purchased by the Kretsinger family, who still run it today. ACT has been frequently recognized for its quality and premium service, signified by its “Raising the Standard” motto.

For more information, call American Central Transport at 888-HAUL-ACT (888-428-5228) or visit our website at