For many of you, trucking is in your blood– it’s a passion that has been passed down from generation to generation or something you always knew you needed or wanted to do. Jonathan Pierce will soon be a 5th generation truck driver, though the benchmark is bittersweet. Pierce’s dad has terminal cancer. Read his touching story below.
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PEMBINE – Jonathon Pierce is climbing aboard for his final exam. The truck driving school student is taking this road test with a heavy heart.
“He’s constantly on my mind, 24/7. I try to focus on my schoolwork, on my studies, but he’s always back there,” said Jonathon.
This class of student drivers usually sticks to the highway and the weigh stations. But for this day, Pierce had a special request.
“He had asked if we could, on our final voyage, go up to Pembine to see his father. We feel honored,” said Charles Nelson, Fox Valley Technical College truck driving instructor.
So Pierce leads the way. He will be a fifth generation trucker. His mind is on his father, who is battling terminal cancer.
“I kind of wish he was better, unfortunately like I said under the circumstances, I don’t think he’s going to be around too much longer,” said Jonathon. “It’s really heartbreaking for me, but it is what it is.”
It’s 110 miles from FVTC’s Grand Chute campus to Pembine. It’s a trip Pierce has made many times before, but today is different.
“Now, he’s going to get to see me riding in a semi today for driving,” Jonathon said.
And as his father stretches to get a glimpse of his son behind the wheel, it’s a reunion that goes beyond words.