Sgt. Benjamin Schropfer of the Nebraska State Patrol won the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance 2019 Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award, the highest honor for a commercial motor vehicle roadside inspector.
The award was announced at a joint ceremony for the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) and the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.
Jurisdictions from Canada, Mexico and the United States were eligible to send one inspector to receive training and compete against other top inspectors for the title of NAIC Grand Champion. This year, 51 commercial motor vehicle inspectors gathered in Pittsburgh to compete at NAIC, the only event dedicated to testing, recognizing and awarding commercial motor vehicle inspector excellence.
In addition, NAIC contestants voted to present the John Youngblood Award of Excellence to Joshua Bradley of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. The award is presented annually to an NAIC inspector who exemplifies the spirit of cooperation, leadership, a professional image, dedication to the profession, a positive attitude, organizational ability and congeniality. It’s the only award given to one inspector by his or her peers.