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  2. I would nominate Bob Fouquette from Big Wheel / RBU in Massachusetts. Besides the fact that he has helped thousands of towing companies across the country, he also possesses quality character traits like Integrity, compassion & the genuine concern and desire to help people. His wealth of knowledge of our industry is second to none and he runs his life & business with strong moral principles. I am proud to call him my friend and look to his "model" when I judge my own decisions.
  3. Here is a rare one, a 55 Hudson Hornet, found this plate really interesting. Runs great & it's a rust free car. Sent from my SM-N920V using TowForce mobile app
  4. Once again we mourn the loss of a fellow tow operator. Nothing we say can ease the pain his family is going through. And it seems that the motoring public just doesn’t get it. Until the tragedy happens to them, we’re just an obstacle in their way. My heart goes out to this mans family and friends.
  5. This is another tragedy and loss of a tow mans life that should not have happened. People just don’t care about us are the fact we just want to go home to are family’s. prayers and god speed to tower
  6. That part should not make it effect us with more emotion then any other Tower Down. But, it does because it pulls at our emotions with an angle we are not accustom too. Lest we forget them on the long road home The tow operator stood and faced his Maker, which must always come to air. He hoped his chains were left behind and he hadn't brought them on to bare. "Step forward now, wrecker driver how shall I deal with you?" Have you always rendered aid? To your Maker, have you been true? The tower, with dirt on his hands, said "No sir, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who drive wreckers can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've taken people cars, because life is just that tough. But I never took a penny, that wasn't mine to keep. Though I logged a lot of hours when the bills just got too deep. And I never passed by a cry for help though at times I had little to gain, and sometimes, please forgive me, I could do little more than feel their pain. I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They only wanted me around in their worst of moments there. But if you have a place for me here, well...it need not be too grand. I never expected or had too much so if you don't...I'll understand." There was silence all around the room where the saints respectfully stood. As the tow operator waited quietly, for the judgment...bad or good. "Step forward now, wrecker driver, you've borne your burdens well. Come tow on heaven streets, You've done your time in hell."
  7. Yesterday
  8. Here's another spin to this fatality where there are other news reports stating that the tow operator was a police officer loading the vehicle. While I know that many tow operators are police reserves or auxilary police officers or sheriff deputies, I don't know of a full-time police officer ever killed while on-duty as a police officer who was actively or hands-on involved in loading a vehicle onto a tow truck or a carrier. None the less, police officer, deputy sheriff or not, they too fall under the same while-line dangers and responsibilities as tow operators do no matter the existence of move-over laws. http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/04/23/tow-truck-driver-hit-killed-i-while-loading-vehicle-onto-truck/
  9. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends☹️
  10. Guest

    Tower Down 04.23.19 (MS)

    God Speed tower! My condolences to the family.
  11. History photos sunmitted by Bill Ludewig, Ernies Wrecker Service Vernon Hills Illinois The same picture of Terminal Garage Holmes 850 in all 3 Holmes literature.
  12. Man dies in I-55 accident One man is dead and another has been cited in connection with a fatal accident that took Tuesday morning in DeSoto County. The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported the accident took place around 11 a.m. on northbound I-55 just north of Slocum Road, south of Hernando. According to the MHP, a vehicle driven by Devan E. Simpson of Mason, Tennessee, struck a man who was on the shoulder of the roadway attempting to load a disable vehicle on to a tow truck. DeSoto County Coroner Josh Pounders later identified the victim as Tommy Ray McKee, age 40, of Courtland. The Highway Patrol reported McKee was killed as a result of the accident and Simpson was issued a citation for failing to move over. According to the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, a tow truck driver identified as Tommy R. McKee was loading a car onto his wrecker when another motorist identified as Devan E. Simpson hit and killed him in the northbound lanes of I-55 near the the East Commerce Street exit. " The investigation continues into the cause of the accident, according to the Highway Patrol. RESOURCE LINK Off-duty officer killed, other driver cited after deadly accident on I-55 DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. - A Mississippi tow truck driver was hit and killed on Tuesday while on the job. Investigators said he was loading a disabled car on I-55 in DeSoto County when a driver sideswiped him. Officials have identified the driver killed as Tommy R. McKee from Courtland, Mississippi. Investigators say McKee was an off-duty officer in Crenshaw and Pope, Mississippi. Both cities are in Panola County. According to the DeSoto County Sheriff, the accident happened on Slocum Rd and I-55. Information is limited however, FOX13 learned the driver was loading up a car on the overpass to Slocum Road when he was hit and killed. The driver of the car has been identified as Devan E. Simpson from Mason, Tennessee. Simpson was cited with failure to move over. Mississippi Highway Patrol told FOX13 this is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be added. Tracy Robinson lives on a road that parallels that area on I-55. "It's just horrible, I just can't believe things like that would happen here," Robinson said. FOX13 talked to the wrecker service where McKee works in Panola County. The company said he was a great man and he will be deeply missed. The wreck backed up traffic for nearly an hour while MHP investigated. Officials say this case is still under investigation. RESOURCE LINK with video
  13. As my friend Nick Jones says, a couple of the best rotator operators on the planet will be teaching this class, Jeff Martin and Bruce Campbell. Jae's towing in Ohio is hosting this event. This class is for all brand rotators. I've attended it, great stuff. I personally recommend you get signed up @ WreckMaster.com and get your rooms booked, i anticipate this selling out fast.
  14. Thanks for advising ... it sounded too good to be true ... especially from opposite coasts , but thanks for the invite none-the-less. R.
  15. This is part time year round work. No travel included. Sorry Sent from my SM-G975U using TowForce mobile app
  16. Hi Steve ... this looks like a fun event and I'm in California. Does the event pay for travel and expenses?
  17. Louwo

    F650 Allison trans

    I remember Orcas topic. It was in the ford chassis sub forum if I recall in 411. To the original topic.... Check your battery there is a fuse or two there going to the ecms. Had a M2 shakker besides the 650 same electrical problem just changed all the fuses everywhere and no issue on the shakker. The trans used to just drop out and would lose the display to the trans on the dash. Had a Auto in a 55k chassis with a 350 isx.
  18. Tow Operator Fatality TODAY Another tow operator (in Mississippi) has been struck and killed today with limited information. According to the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, a tow truck driver was loading a car onto his wrecker when another motorist hit and killed him in the northbound lanes of I-55 near the the East Commerce Street exit. The name of the tow operator was not released. Link: https://wreg.com/2019/04/23/one-person-dead-in-i-55-accident-in-desoto-county/
  19. I'v been filling out the calendar for industry events but I know I am missing a lot. So if everyone can help fill in the missing events. This would help a lot and needed https://www.towforce.net/calendar/ There are calendar groups set up one for training and one for events. I can also feed calender's in to the app as iCalendar feed imports. you an also pull this calendar in your own calendar feed with link webcal://www.towforce.net/calendar/download/key=a98428509532c2dc53a0e2ea4d3a322a or by going to the gear by the the group.
  20. I'm looking for tow operators that have the ability to work during the week for a major speedway in the Charlotte NC area. Must have clean driving record and good work history. Retirees welcomed. All equipment and trucks provided. Please contact me if interested. Pay is $10 an hour. Email me at stevephillips@live.com
  21. This Telehandler would be a great addition to your towing toolbox! It's compact size makes it perfect for unloading palletized freight from a casualty! At 1734 Hours, it's gently used. Currently in a towing fleet in Fremont, CA. Doesn't meet the Tier 3 emissions requirements for California CARB, so it has to be purchased out-of-state. If it weren't for that, it wouldn't be for sale. $30,000.
  22. Awesome stuff. Just moved to LA last year. Pretty cool to see the vintage iron at work!
  23. And they did not need a rotator 😂
  24. This truck has 128,765 miles on it. I will be happy to have a salesperson contact you to give you more information if you would like to message us your phone number. Thanks for your interest!
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