LANESVILLE, Ind. – What was supposed to be a routine lunch break for truck driver Kevin Swisher and his young daughter Letty on March 3 has become an internet sensation among the trucking community.
As usual, Letty was “all over BC giving the Trucker Salute (a nice big horn) to as many drivers as she could,” Swisher wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
After parking his rig, known as “Little Swish”, and going inside the truck stop with Letty for a bite to eat, he heard “a woman (who) was doing nothing but complaining about big rigs and how they are always in the way and messing things up in the economy as well as on the road.
Swisher wrote that he and other truck drivers queuing for food “struggled to keep quiet”.
At that point, Letty chimed in, telling the woman that “truckers like my dad save the world one truckload at a time, if you don’t like them you should put back what you got because it’s is a roadhouse and everything, like what you have in your hand and on the counter, you came here in the semis.
Swisher wrote that the woman left the truck stop empty-handed, and Letty received a rousing ovation for her speech in defense of truckers.
“As we were walking out after having our lunch, a driver came over to hand her this big bag of candy thanking her for her support and standing up for the truckers,” Swisher wrote on her Facebook post.
“Once back in the truck we turned on the CB and the radio was nothing but drivers talking about how this little girl stood up for what she believed in, standing up for those who sacrifice so much for that others move the world forward.”
Swisher’s original post has been shared dozens of times online and has thousands of likes on Facebook.
Swisher told The Trucker that “Letty is thrilled to know that her story had the impact it has.”
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