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  1. The Pete was theirs too so it was all good. They were happy.
  2. It was a Motorhome at the Port of Oakland going from one yard to another. It was used as a sleeping quarters for truckers of a company. They were trying to get it to the other yard on its own power when it just stopped and died. It would not turn on anymore. Bob told me to take #130 and head to an address. Once I got there I saw the vehicle and got into position to hook it up. Once I got it hooked up I tried to move it forward and backward to see if the brakes were the problem. The owners released some brake fluid from the lines. That didn't solve the problem though, so I took a quick look at the back and saw it was a pusher motor. I was not going to hook this thing from the back and tow it that way, that is not going to happen. Thank goodness I have the experience to know what to look for. I saw that the driveshaft lead to an emergency brake drum before the transmission. I pulled on the cable and it was tight, so I was hoping that when I removed the pin the brake would release and the vehicle would roll. Of course it rolled freely when I did that and I was able to take it to their new yard at the Port. They were so happy I was able to put it where they wanted it and told me I did perfectly. Sadly, I was reminded of the times we are in now looking at the ships in the background. There are still people dressed in all white walking around adorned with masks on those ships.
  3. Just the usual daily mask to get through the day.
  4. love my job as you guys know. Last night I got a call of a 40' container trailer on its side with 20 tons of paper waste inside at the Port. I was by myself so I called David Solis to see if he was still in Oakland. I asked him if I could do this call by myself and he said no that he was not in the city. He recommended I call Scorni or Bob. I ended up calling Bob and he decided to come out and help me with this one. It's always a treat to learn from Bob and watch his thought process on calls. I don't know what happened but the trailer legs lost one of its rollers and over the trailer went onto its side. Bob and I made it right. Trailer on its side at the Port of Oakland. Nothing unusual here, move along people,.... So this is a trailer foot and it came off the leg which is why the trailer rolled onto its side. This is the trailer leg the wheel broke off of. So Bob had this thick cable with two eyelets at the end and it was just the right length to go around the diameter in between the trailer wheels. He then hooked his cable to it and pulled the trailer chassis away from the container and it landed right where it did. Bob showed me he has no fear or he's done this plenty of times before. This is the cool part of his truck, #140, his boom rotates like a clock dial. Bob swings the boom over so he can lift the trailer in the air and the truck driver can back up underneath it and reconnect it to his tractor. We are both trying to manipulate roughly 40,000 lbs of weight and that's heavy. You gotta know what you're doing and not get anybody killed or damage property in the process. I was an extension of Bob's thought process. When we righted this container, I let out a man cry. I love big trucks and I cannot lie,... We lifted the container in the air high enough for the truck driver to be able to back the container chassis underneath it. That's what I'm talking about, we made it right again. The tractor driver was happy to be back in one piece again.
  5. Glen Murray, passed away December 29, 2008, after a several month illness. The Company remembered Glen as a very dedicated and loyal friend and employee. He was one of the kindest, generous people you could ever hope to meet. He was the recipient of numerous towing awards and recognition's during his 20 years of towing, including AAA Merits of Service, AAA Member Satisfaction, AAA Totally Satisfied, and was instrumental throughout all the years helping their company, Ellison's Towing, to achieve numerous awards, including the AAA Gold, Silver, and Bronze Service Providers of Excellence awards, the AAA Pioneer award, and numerous others. He was known for his willingness to always go out of his way to provide the best possible service that was possible. To him, the customer, no matter who they were, always came first above all else. He was always there to help in any manner possible any of his teammate-drivers. He was warmly known at the Company as the "MacGyver of Towing" for his uncanny ability to improvise whatever was needed at the spur of the moment for the oddball recovery or tow. He was truly one of kind, and dearly loved and respected by his fellow teammates. He will always be deeply missed and will always remain in the thoughts, memories and prayers forever. Glen Murray, we at Ellison's Towing now sign you off 10-98, and forever 10-7. http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  6. Marvin Erickson, 67, Chemult, OR, 12.26.04 Erickson, who owned a gas station and towing service on Highway 97, was shot the day after Christmas while answering a late-night call to pull a stranded motorist out of the snow. The shooter, who later killed himself, was wanted in the deaths of two Washington men. Owner of the Erickson Shell station in Chemult Marvin Erickson, 67, of Chemult, Ore., died Dec. 26, 2004. A memorial service and tow truck procession was held in early January 2005. Mr. Erickson, who owned Erickson Shell station and a towing service on Highway 97 in Chemult, was shot and killed by a motorist stranded in the snow. The motorist, who later shot and killed himself, is also suspected in two other murders. Marvin Erickson's wife, Marilyn Erickson, ran the mom-and-pop business with her husband and one employee. The service station is still open, and her son has been helping her with the business end of it. Marilyn Erickson said she was overwhelmed by the support of both the towing community and people in Chemult. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; children Kay Sherman and Tim Erickson; and grandchildren. A memorial fund has been set up to help the family with funeral costs. http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  7. James N Hall, 54, IN, 12.17.03 Hall was loading a disabled pickup truck onto a flatbed wrecker on the northbound emergency lane of I-69, while the pickup truck's owner sat in a C-35 Chevrolet Dually behind it. A GMC van pulling a U-Haul trailer, was reported to be moving at 70 mph, left the roadway and drove into the back of the C-35 and forced the vehicles into one another killing Hall instantly. He worked for Gold Star Wrecker. http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  8. STARCEVICH Michael J. Born : July 5, 1974 Entered into rest : December 20, 2005 31 years old Starcevich was killed when a westbound semi truck ran off the road about a quarter mile east of Cherry Hill on Interstate 80 and slammed into his tow truck and a van he had on his hook. Starcevich had pulled his vehicle off the highway to adjust a white conversion van he was towing. The semi truck, which was hauling rolls of paper, caught fire. Starcevich was found lying in the snow about 100 feet from his tow truck and was non-responsive. He died in the emergency room soon after arriving at Silver Cross Hospital. The wreck remains under investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed. Michael J STARCEVICH was added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  9. TATKENHORST Joe C. Born : December 10, 1946 Entered into rest : December 28, 2006 60 years old Tatkenhorst was preparing to pull a vehicle out of a ditch in the snow when he was struck by an out of control car. The conditions of the road were icy at the time. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Joe C. TATKENHORST was added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  10. KAMMERER Edward Allen Born : February 5, 1955 Entered into rest : December 26, 2015 60 years old Mr. Kammerer owned and operated A-1 Towing in Strafford. He responded to an accident where someone hit a power pole at the intersection of Farm Roads 112 and 125, north of Springfield. The driver of that car left the scene. Another vehicle drove up on the downed pole and it went into the ditch trying to avoid the electrical wires on the ground. When Mr. Kammerer pulled up, the lives wires came into contact with his truck and he died of an electrical shock at the scene. He leaves behind his wife Betty, four children, and many other family members. He is remembered as a hard worker, a good guy and someone with a smile always on their face. http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  11. BRESCIA "Sal" Salvatore R. Born : December 15, 1984. Entered into rest : December 29, 2016 32 years old: Sal was out of his flatbed truck on I-95, tending to a disabled minivan, when he was hit by another car at 6:53 a.m. The driver who struck him left the scene. The owner of the minivan stated he was attempting to get into the passenger side door of the tow truck, which was locked, at the time of the impact. He heard the collision, went around the truck and saw Sal lying in the road. A passer-by also stopped immediately to try to assist. Trooper John Finaro said Sal was alive but had sustained "very serious injuries" when he was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead about 8:15 a.m. He was set to be married to Kristin Neshewat on July 4 of the same year. "He was a selfless person, always willing to help or put someone before him," Neshewat said. Three pieces of plastic, none bigger than the size of an iPhone, from the right side-view mirror of the box truck was all evidence police had, but it was enough to develop a suspect and make an arrest. EZ-Pass and cellphone records were also instrumental in this investigation. Anthony Mangano, of Ozone Park, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury incident resulting in death, a felony. Mangano faces two and one third to seven years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 8, 2018. BRESCIA "Sal" Salvatore R. was added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2018 http://towersmemorial.info/memorial.htm
  12. Awesome job Randall. Keep up the good work.
  13. HINDS Mack L. Born : June 18, 1909 Entered into rest : September 5, 1958 49 years old While attempting to hook to a car it began to roll toward an embankment. Mr. Hinds jumped into the car to try and stop it but could not. He either jumped or was thrown from the vehicle and landed on a log at the bottom of the embankment. The car landed on top of him and pinned him underneath it. He was taken to the hospital where he passed away five days later. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 PERHAM Edward A. Born : June 8, 1954 Entered into rest : September 15, 1974 20 years old Edward was working the late shift at Ted's Towing when he responded to a call of a Ford Mustang broken down on the Pike. Perham took the driver, later identified as George Whitham, who had been released from prison a month earlier for car theft, and the car, which was leaking oil, back to Ted's. That's where Whitham clubbed Edward over the head with a tire iron. Whitham was caught driving Perham's car a few hours later. In April 1975, Whitham was found guilty of second-degree murder, as well as larceny of $30 and Perham's car, and sentenced to 15 to 30 years. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 CARRANDI Ivan Born : July 14, 1932 Entered into rest : September 19, 1978 46 years old Ivan answered a radio request from Trooper Alvin V. Kohler of the Florida Highway Patrol. Kohler had been questioning two teens and asked to see one of their driver's license. One of the boys, Lester Enriquez, walked back to the car and pulled out a .357 magnum shooting Kohler in the head. Ivan was also shot and killed, his tow truck was taken by the two underage drivers but was stopped a short distance later and they were taken into custody. They were trying to runaway from home. Ivan left behind a wife and two teenage children. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" SHEEHAN "Red" Bernard Born : May 18, 1926 Entered into rest : September 1985 59 years old He was one of Massachusetts' most respected and liked towing and recovery specialists in West Springfield. He was the owner of Red's Exxon. He had towed in a tractor which was damaged in the front. The tow truck driver backed the tractor onto a low-boy for transport to a repair shop. The tractor was on the bed and Red knelt on the ground to place a jack stand underneath it. There were no blocks or breaks on the tractor to prevent it from rolling. The tow truck driver stepped on the clutch and the tractor rolled forward. The tweaked front wheel caught Red and turned him around and pinned him to the low-boy, the tractor slipped off the bed and crushed Red from the chest up. It was a freak accident that took Red's life. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" WEBB Jr. Ronald V. Born : July 8, 1933 Entered into rest : September 1985 52 years old Ronald gave up his life in the line of duty. He was from Colton, California. Ronald was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 215. Forty seven trucks made up the procession to the cemetery in his honor. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" CLAMP Larry C. Born : May 15, 1951 Entered into rest : September 5, 1993 42 years old Larry was hit by a car while sweeping glass at an accident scene on North Street, Nacogdoches, TX. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" PROBST Jr. Gary Lee Born : March 19, 1968 Entered into rest : September 20, 1997 29 years old He was a tow truck operator in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife and son and many other relatives. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" TUBIA Donald S. Born : April 7, 1951 Entered into rest : September 21, 1997 45 years old Donald was an employee of Phelps Repair Shop in Ilion. He was helping a family whose vehicle had broken down on the New York State Thruway near mile marker 207 in the town of Danube, near Little Falls. A driver in a milk truck had fallen asleep at the wheel and killed him. The driver was cited for reckless driving and moving from a lane unsafely. He leaves behind a family and friends. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" WATSON Brian E. Born : December 18, 1975 Entered into rest : September 18, 2001 25 years old The driver of an out of control 1985 Ford LTD struck Watson as he changed the tire of a stranded motorist before colliding with the disabled jeep on U.S. Highway 85. Four other people were injured in the accident Dan's Towing, Sturgis Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 TRUEBLOOD "Billy" William H. Born : December 25, 1942 Entered into rest : September 22, 2003 60 years old Trueblood was helping to remove downed trees in North Carolina when the truck’s tow cable snapped and struck the victim, throwing him some 20 feet. His neck broke when he landed on his head. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" GARRETT Billy W. Born : November 16, 1932 Entered into rest : September 19, 2004 72 years old Garrett was returning from a job towing a boat to Nevada, when in New Mexico on Interstate 40 his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that crossed the median. The driver of the tractor-trailer had reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel. Garrett served as a volunteer firefighter and over the years received three Honorary Oklahoma Highway Patrol awards for outstanding service. Owner of Garrett Wrecker Service Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" BLUMER Joseph A. Born : October 6, 1960 Entered into rest : September 29, 2004 43 years old Blumer's accident occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. when he was towing a pickup truck up a sloped driveway. Another tower said that Blumer probably got out of his truck to check the vehicle he was towing, then the brakes on his truck apparently failed and it rolled over him. "The truck caught him in between the wheels," he said. Edlin Automotive Services, Knoxville Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2008 SHULTZ Michael B. Entered into rest : September 9, 2005 24 years old Shultz was killed while changing a tire for a AAA member on the 91 freeway in Yorba Linda. A woman in her mid-20s was driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass in the fast lane when she lost control of her car and swerved across four lanes of traffic, crashing into the sound wall and then hitting Shultz while he was changing the tire. The accident is still being investigated. Bitteto's Tow and Service, Anaheim Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" WALTERS "Rob" Robert Entered into rest : September 20, 2005 30 years old A tractor-trailer and a tow truck were stopped on the side of the highway when another 18-wheeler traveling North veered off the road and hit them causing all three vehicles to burst into flames. The tow truck operator was under his vehicle when the collision occurred and was killed instantly. ABC Towing Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" NETTLES "Dinky" Edwin L. Born : January 21,1954 Entered into rest : September 28, 2005 51 years old Mr. Nettles lost control of the rollback tow truck he was driving causing it to overturn. He died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 RUBIO Joey Born : September 9, 1970 Entered into rest: September 6, 2006 35 years old Rubio was struck and killed last night in a hit-and-run accident on State Route 2-0-2 in Tempe. D-P-S says the victim was standing next to his truck, getting ready to tow a disabled car from the emergency lane when he was struck. Officers say the Shamrock tow truck had its yellow emergency lights flashing, and the truck's rear-deck loading lights also were on. The incident occurred sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 p-m on the eastbound side of the 2-0-2, near the area of McClintock and the entrance ramp to southbound State Route 1-0-1. D-P-S is requesting the public's help in identifying the vehicle that struck the man. It says it should have extensive damage to the right front due to the impact. Shamrock Towing Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 SANDERS David Lee Entered into rest : September 20, 2006 56 years old Sanders worked at Paxton Towing as a property caretaker and was murdered there in the yard in Chula Vista. The killer, later identified by police as 28 year-old Edward L. Snow Jr., was arrested by Chula Vista police detectives in Arkansas City, Kansas. Police received an anonymous tip that Snow had gone to Kansas after the shooting. The detectives also seized $26,000 in cash from a house where Snow had been staying. The money is suspected of being stolen from the towing business. The San Diego District Attorney's Office is working with the Kansas authorities for Snow's extradition. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2007 SYMEOY Jimmy Born : September 17, 1961 Entered into rest : September 10, 2007 45 years old Jimmy was on his way to pick up an NRMA breakdown on the F3 when he hit a spare tire in the roadway. The tire fell from a southbound truck around 3:40 p.m. The truck Jimmy was driving ran over the tire and caused him to lose control of his vehicle which hit the rear of a semi-trailer traveling in the same direction. The impact sent the tow truck spiraling into a rock wall. Jimmy was trapped in the truck until emergency crews could extricate him. He was flown by helicopter to the hospital but died in the emergency room from his internal injuries. Jimmy worked for Suburban Towing for about 20 years and was recently employed by Abal Towing for a week. He was also an active member of the Round Corner Fire Brigade. Jimmy leaves a wife and several children behind. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2008 PUGH Jr. Cecil Eugene Born : February 4, 1948 Entered into rest : September 17, 2007 59 years old Cecil, who was transporting a vehicle on his tow truck, was shot and killed by a man cleaning his rifle inside his home. A 50-year-old man was cleaning the weapon in his trailer near North 29th Avenue and Deer Valley Road when the rifle discharged. The bullet pierced through his blinds and window, shattered the windshield of the tow truck, and lodged in the left side of the passing driver's forehead, killing him instantly. Pugh fell out of the cab as the vehicle continued moving down the road. The gun owner ran outside, jumped in the truck and managed to bring the vehicle to a stop before hitting any houses. Phoenix police said there's a good chance they'll recommend the man who fired the rifle be charged with serious crimes. DV Towing Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2008 FRIZZLEY "Mandy" Amanda Born : March 26, 1981 Entered into rest : September 30, 2007 26 years old Amanda was driving her tow truck at about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday when she collided with an errant SUV driver going the wrong way down a one-way street, Donald Street and York Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. She and other tow-truck drivers were busy clearing the downtown area of vehicles to make way for a charity run to benefit cancer research. The collision caused her tow truck to roll onto its roof. Amanda later died at the hospital. Friends will always remember her as someone who was always there for them, whenever they needed help. She worked for Dr. Hook Towing for several years. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2008 SCHULTZ Stanley Born : Entered into rest : September 23, 2008 55 years old Schultz was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a van while removing debris from a previous car accident on FM 3083 in Conroe. He was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Patrol cars partially blocked the eastbound lane of traffic and Schultz apparently crossed the road into the westbound lane of traffic to pick up debris. That's when the 2000 Chrysler van traveling east on FM 3083 hit him. The van apparently passed to the left of the marked patrol cars and the driver did not see Schultz in time to try to avoid hitting him. Schultz also was not wearing a reflective safety vest as required by state law. Alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor, but speed and other factors are still being investigated. The van driver and her 10-year-old passenger were not hurt. She was released at the scene pending the outcome of the investigation. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in "unknown" WALSH Daniel Joseph Born : July 12, 1951 Entered into rest : September 13, 2011 60 years old Dan was working alongside his co-worker, Jesse, on Interstate 80, when a semi truck driven by Herbert Terrell, 54, sideswiped the first tow truck, then struck the disabled semi flatbed which was pushed into the second tow truck. Four men lost their lives on the side of the Interstate including the driver of the disabled semi flatbed. Dan worked for Hanifen Towing for the last four years. He is survived by his wife and family and friends. Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2012 INMAN Jesse J. Born : May 24, 1982 Entered into rest : September 13, 2011 29 years old Jesse was one of four men killed on Interstate Highway 80 east of Grinnell. Jesse and his co-worker, Daniel Walsh were assisting a driver of a flat bed semi truck at mile marker 188 next to the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 shortly after 7 p.m., Tuesday when the accident occurred. A semi truck, driven by Herbert Terrell, 54, of Indiana, side swiped the first tow truck, then struck the parked semi, pushing it into the other tow truck. All four men were pronounced dead at the scene. Jesse was a Heavy Duty Tow Truck driver for Hanifen Towing for the past five years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, family and friends Added to the Wall of the Fallen in 2012 WATROUS II Ralph Henry Born : Entered into rest : September 10, 2017 44 years old Ralph was assisting a disabled motorist on the northbound side of Route 222 near the Peach Road overpass in West Earl Township around 1:50 a.m. Ralph was assisting Robert M. Buckwalter Jr., 46, of Ephrata when a vehicle driven by Anthony Caldwell of Stafford had struck them as he drove passed them. Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen G. Diamantoni pronounced them both deceased at the scene. West Earl police, the Lancaster County crash team and the district attorney's office are investigating the incident. No charges had been filed as of Monday. Ralph worked as a tow truck driver for Mack's Tire Service in New Holland. Ralph left behind a fiancé and many family members. It was said the he had enough "dad jokes" to last a lifetime. He will be missed by many. dded to the Wall of the Fallen in 2018 In Remembrance of LUCE "Jim" T. James Born : December 29, 1923 Entered into rest : September 4, 1994 70 years old Mr. Luce served as president and executive director of the Texas Towing and Storage Association from 1984 until his death in 1994. In 1986 he was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Vehicle Storage Facility Act by the Commission of the Texas Department of Labor and Standards. He was the managing editor of The Texas Tow Line, a publication of the Texas Towing and Storage Association, and handled all association business and accounting through the T. J. Luce Company. HUSTON Mike Born : October 26, 1937 Entered into rest : September 10, 1999 61 years old Mike worked for about thirty years in the towing and recovery industry. He drove and/or owned Brannon's Towing in Buttonwillow, CA, South Union Body Works and Kern Towing And Salvage both in Bakersfield, CA. On September 10th, 1999 Mike lost a long fight with cancer. A battle fought bravely by a man who loved his work more than anyone I've met. He is survived by his wife Ellen, two sons Chuck and Robert (his oldest also a proud Towman), and three Grandchildren Shannon, Travis and Tara. He was 61 and will be sorely missed! Please join me in wishing him luck in that big ditch in the sky. Sincerely, Chuck Huston Cedar Bluff Towing Knoxville, TN BIVINS Jr. Charles S. Born : April 20, 1941 Entered into rest : September 25,1999 58 years old Charles died of a heart attack. He will always be remembered as a jolly old soul ..always smiling and always ready to give a hand. Owner of Bivin's Wrecker Service RONK George J. Born : May 18, 1915 Entered into rest : September 16, 2000 84 years old George founded Ronk's Auto and Truck Towing Inc. in Crestline. The company is now owned by his wife, Eunice. TANTON "Little Mike" William Michael Born : February 19, 1980 Entered into rest : September 16, 2000 20 years old Mike was killed while loading a van onto his tow truck by a drunk driver who swerved onto the shoulder and hit him. "Mike was a young man, who would do anything for anyone. Small in size, but had a heart as big as the universe. There are so many kids on the wrong track these days, yet here you had a young man at 20 who worked full-time, had an apartment and vehicle of his own and was making plans for College. Clyde Baldridge took all of this away from Little Mike. He knew what he was doing when he took his first drink." stated Lynda Woods. Humble Wrecker Service BENJAMIN Harry C. Entered into rest : September 29, 2000 61 years old Harry died at his home. Mr. Benjamin was the owner of Harry Benjamin’s Garage, previously known as Benjamin’s Arco. He operated a towing service for many years. He enjoyed racing and won several championships. He was member of the Wysox Fire Department and Wysox Ambulance Association. LOWE Gerald Carl Born : April 28, 1941 Entered into rest : September 1, 2002 61 years old Mr. Lowe owned Lowe’s Garage/Towing and Wrecker Service. MITCHELL "Buddy" Howard R. Born : January 27, 1925 Entered into rest : September 3, 2002 77 years old Kentucky State Police said that at 3:10 p.m., Howard, turned left onto U.S. 68 at Fairview. An eastbound pickup struck his wrecker as he turned. Howard went through a field. Struck a fence, and hit a parked Subaru before coming to rest against a tree at the bottom of a hill, state police said. Howard was a farm equipment and car dealer. DIXON James F. Born : March 22, 1923 Entered into rest : September 18, 2002 79 years old James owned and operated Dixon’s Wrecker Service. He passed as a result from complications of a quintuple bypass operation performed over two months prior. Mr. Dixon was an Army veteran of World War II. HOAGLAND "Hoagy" James Born : April 1, 1929 Entered into rest : September 22, 2002 73 years old James died of complications from the West Nile virus. Mr. Hoagland was a member of the 1999 International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame. He bought his first tow truck in 1951 and started Hoagy’s Wrecker Service, which is still in operation. Mr. Hoagland was co-founder of the Indiana Towing Association and director of the Interstate Towing Association. He was also a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police and the Indiana Motor Truck Association. He was active in Friends of Towing and helped promote annual fund-raisers for the organization, which supports the International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame. HARMON "Bob" Robert P. Born : August 17, 1934 Entered into rest : September 2, 2003 69 years old Bob Harmon was a Past President of PWOF and Owner of Bob Harmon's Towing & Recovery in Pensacola. DEITZ Sr. Burton E. Born : May 5, 1933 Entered into rest : September 17, 2003 70 years old Deitz died at Kingston Hospital in New York. Mr. Deitz was the former owner of several auto and towing firms. He was the father of Burton Deitz Jr., present owner/operator of Bryant’s Towing, an authorized NYS Thruway tower in Kingston, N.Y. Mr. Deitz was the owner/operator of Coast RV in Crystal River, Fla. He was also the founder and former proprietor of Burton E. Deitz Inc. Auto Supply and Towing, Burton E. Deitz Auto Transport and Bryant’s Towing. STUMP Stephen Entered into rest : September 22, 2004 52 years old Stump owned S&R Automobile Repair and Towing in Lancaster. BREESE Arthur Entered into rest : September 14, 2005 63 years old Arthur "Sonny" Breese, 63, of Monmouth Junction died suddenly yesterday at his home. In 1968 he founded and opened Sonny's Garage and was still active in his business until the time of his death. He was responsible for servicing police and the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad vehicles and in early years also serviced the Monmouth Junction Fire Company trucks. HAFENSTEINER Diane L. Cutri Entered into rest : September 8, 2006 50 years old Diane died at St. Mary’s Home Asbury following an extended illness. Diane was co-owner of H & S Service Station for many years. She was the wife of late Tom Hafensteiner. On Tow411, she was known as "Sidekick" Thank you Steve (Truck9) for remembering Diane WILSON Clay Entered into rest : September 21, 2006 47 years old "We lost a good man and a great WreckMaster today. His family needs your prayers to get through this trying time. Clay was born August 16,1959. He was a light and heavy duty driver. Clay loved his work and loved this industry and he will surely be missed by us all. I'll see you in the ditch my friend, Cliff". Doc's Towing Thank you Cliff (cliffwm010069) for remembering Clay BARRETT Craig Alan Born : December 16, 1980 Entered into rest : September 2, 2007 27 years old On Sunday, September 2nd of 2007, Craig was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. He was a member of the Jim's Towing family for over three years. WHEELER Donald L. Born : Entered into rest : September 23, 2007 43 years old Donald was the owner of D&D Towing in South Boston. He died Sunday of a sudden illness. People remember him as being a funny man, someone who could always make them laugh, the big heart he had always lending a helping hand and as a man who was amazing and a true friend. You will truly be missed, Donald. PANNICIA "Vinnie" Vincent Born : Entered into rest : September 24, 2007 72 years old Vincent was the owner of Vincent Service Station in Mamaroneck. He did towing for several police departments and the AAA. He also had been an auxiliary officer in Harrison, where he was a resident, and Mamaroneck when those departments had auxiliary police. HALL Jayson Born : Entered into rest : September 28, 2007 29 years old Jayson was known for being a hard worker and always willing to lend a helping hand. His sense of humor could keep his friends and co-workers laughing all day long, which is something they will miss very much. Jayson passed away due to a heart attack suffered on Friday. He leaves behind a fiancé and a little girl of whom he was so proud of because she had just started Kindergarten. Resource: Towers Memorial Page If you can add details for any of these towers added to the topic. Please do not hesitate to add them in reply of contact me. Thank you!
  14. Worker crushed on the job By Nelson Bennett The Worker's Compensation Board is investigating the death of a 46-year-old employee at City Wide Auto Towing in Richmond Monday. Dwayne Dale was killed at the towing company's compound at 9500 River Drive sometime between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., said provincial coroner Stephen Fonseca. According to police and the WCB, Dale was apparently working beneath a vehicle, which was up on a flatbed truck, when the accident occurred. "The vehicle ended up falling on top of him and crushing him, and, unfortunately, killing him almost instantly," said Cpl. Peter Thiessen of the Richmond RCMP. Police received the call at about 10:30 a.m. Ambulances also arrived on the scene, but paramedics were unable to revive Dale, Fonseca said. Fonseca has ordered an autopsy to verify the exact cause of death. Police are considering the accident work-related. "Certainly there's nothing suspicious about it - no foul play," Thiessen said. It's not clear how the vehicle managed to roll off the flatbed. That is something WCB will be investigating, said spokeswoman Donna Freeman. Dale's fellow employees at the towing company's compound Monday morning were visibly distraught. One employee, who earlier expressed frustration with the abundance of press at the scene, later told reporters, "We've had a lot of things happen around here." Monday's accident was not the first for the towing company. In March, 2003, company owner Paul Sihata was run over by a semitrailer truck just outside his business office on River Drive. He recovered, but it was never made clear how Sihata ended up under the tires of the vehicle. In March 1994, Paul's Towing (which has the same street address as City Wide towing) received five workplace safety citations from the WCB. All were minor infractions. Sihata was unavailable for comment Tuesday. posted on 03/09/2005 Tony893
  15. TOW TRUCK OPERATOR KILLED IN ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT A Williamston man was killed after driving a wrecker into several trees on NC Highway 99 near Plymouth monday morning. Stanley Smallwood Jr., 22, was operating a wrecker belonging to Roy's Service Center in Windsor where he worked part-time while attending college at night. Smallwood died at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and small child. The accident occurred approximately 10:15 a.m. According the the NC State Highway Patrol, it looked like he ran off the right side of the road and then came back on and ran off of the left side into several trees. There were no witnesses to the accident. After a humbling recovery, the wrecker was moved to our impound yard where it could be secured out of the public's view. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We are located in a small community and there are no news links available, however this is from the local newpaper. JandJ Wrecker Service
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