A Tennessee man who drives a truck for a Seville company has received a national honor for helping rescue a woman from a gunman.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. named the truck driver, Mike Schiotis, of Spring Hill, Tenn., as its 29th North America Highway Hero. Schiotis drives for Panther Expedited Services Inc. in Seville.

Goodyear said Schiotis was driving his truck Nov. 1, 2011, in Pennsylvania when he saw a woman walking with a man close behind her. He thought they were injured, so he slowed down his truck. That’s when he saw that the man was pointing a gun at the woman.

He stopped, and the woman pounded on the 18-wheeler’s door yelling “Help me! He’s going to kill me.” Schiotis left the truck, put himself between the man and the woman, helped her into the rig and drove off.

The gunman got in a car and followed, according to Goodyear. Schiotis and another trucker conferred via CB radio and coordinated driving side-by-side to block the man in the car until state police could arrive.

The Highway Hero program honors professional truck drivers in the United States and Canada for often unnoticed rescues and roadside assistance they provide.

“We are grateful to Mike Schiotis for his quick thinking and brave actions,” Phillip Kane, vice president of Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems, said in a prepared statement. “He literally put himself ‘in the line of fire,’ and in all probability, prevented a tragedy from taking place. Mike’s decision to interject himself into this dangerous situation is a powerful example of the selflessness and professionalism exhibited by many of today’s professional truck drivers. Because of his action, a life was saved. For this, Mike Schiotis has earned the right to be called a hero.”

Schiotis and three other truck drivers were finalists for the 2011 award.