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Tribute Trucks Rolling Along

August 22, 2019 10:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A unique display of trucks and trailers travel through our area each day, leaving many communities eager to learn more about the motive behind their messages.

The trucks belong to a Minnesota based trucking company called Rock On Trucks. The company has plans to expand into the area and set up a base around Northwood.

“With the first truck, I was a NASCAR race fan; Dale Earnhardt was kind of my hero in that, so I did the first truck up as the number 3 truck," explained operations manager of Rock On Trucks, Kevin Vierkant.

As the company grew with more and more trucks, Vierkant continued with his NASCAR themed designs. However, with increasing attention and the addition of children to their family, Vierkant and his wife, the owner of Rock On Trucks, then shifted their designs to be geared towards kids. Still, Vierkant wasn’t ready to stop there; that’s when they began their “Operation Respect Project” and line of tribute trucks.

“I didn’t think the veterans were getting a fair shake on respect, so we did a veterans truck. From that, we did a police tribute truck, a fire tribute truck and now we’ve got about five or six different tribute trucks,” Vierkant said.

The law enforcement & firefighters trailers have the names of all the fallen law officers and firefighters who gave their lives in active duty.

“From every county and city for the state of Minnesota on both sides of the truck,” Vierkant added.

“It makes me feel pretty proud to drive the Rock On Trucks. Ever since I first saw them a couple of years ago when I first noticed them in St. Cloud I was like, ‘I’ve got to drive one of those trucks,’” said driver Wayne Larson. “It’s an honor. I’ve driven the fire truck one day. It’s an honor to drive trucks like that.”

With the overwhelming response they’ve seen, Rock On Trucks has also decided to take their tribute trucks to parades and events, about 32 each year. Whether on display or operating, as usual, the reaction is always positive.

“People are taking pictures, they’re shooting videos as they’re driving by. It’s crazy. People wave and they honk and they want you to honk back at them,” Larson said.

“It makes me feel proud that people do that. Still got it, still there," said Vierkant.

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