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  1. ELKIN, N.C. — A tow truck operator was hit and killed on Saturday night, according to Surry County emergency officials. Surry County Emergency Medical Services director John Shelton said the operator was attempting to load a vehicle that had broken down. Shelton said he was hit and killed shortly before 7:30 p.m. by a driver traveling on Highway 268 Bypass West. Officials have not identified the operator. The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation by the Elkin Police Department and Highway Patrol. RESOURCE LINK
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    2019 PSP Application Process

    A Message from the President of the Pennsylvania Towing Association: The Pennsylvania Towing Association has been made aware of the issues and concerns with the latest renewal application required by the Pennsylvania State Police. There has been some misinformation circulating as to the development of this application process. Please note that the Pennsylvania Towing Association was NOT involved in the development or the implementation of this process. We have and will always work hand in hand with the Pennsylvania State Police for the betterment of the towing industry. As with all new procedures there are some growing pains. Please be patient while the Pennsylvania State Police work through their processes. http://www.patowing.com/
  3. Local TSA agents impacted by the government shutdown received a free meal from two generous men. Bill Giorgis, owner of Mike’s Wrecker, and his friend Tom Roy partnered up to deliver breakfast and lunch for all members of the TSA at MBS International Airport in Saginaw. After seeing how workers were being affected by the shutdown, they wanted to thank them for doing their job despite not being paid. The pair reached out to the community asking for food donations. “People are donating and wanting to help out because they understand the situation. A lot of people don’t realize you gotta buy the essentials,” Roy said. “It’s helping the citizens in our community and that’s the most important part,” Giorgis said. They hope their kind acts will inspire people across the country to help out any workers affected by the government shutdown. RESOURCE LINK Thomas Roy, Saginaw Republican Party said: want to thank a few people that reached out to me, to help our hard working, non-paid TSA workers at our airport. You may not realize, but these employees are very professional and courteous. The only BAD thing about our TSA employees, is they are not getting paid! Last paycheck was December 21st. Could you imagine paying for gas, electricity, rent, car insurance, food, or your basic needs, like toilet paper, toothpaste, things we really never think of, but need, and NOT HAVING A PAYCHECK!! Most people can't! If you can help, a gift card, lunch, breakfast, anything can help! They cannot take cash, or visa cards. William Giorgis of Mike's wrecker went all out today at Sams Club. If you, or you know of someone that would like to help, please let me know, and I can give you the TSA supervisors number. Bill is a great guy, and helps do things around "OUR" community, I thank Bill, and as you can see TSA did today too! William Giorgis said: Supporting our local TSA agents as they continue to provides for our security while unpaid by our government. If you’re able to reach out to your local airport you can check and see if you might be able to bring them lunch, dinner or snacks for the agents who are continuing to work without a paycheck. It’s a small thing that we can do to support our TSA our Airport security at MBS international airport.
  4. Legal & General America, a life insurance company with an office in Frederick, recently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through its annual Charitable Giving Campaign and will be donating about $35,000 to Second Chances Garage. Second Chances Garage is a charity organization in Frederick that provides affordable, reliable transportation—through car donations— to individuals and families in need. “We think it’s spectacular that Legal & General America think so much of Second Chances Garage,” said John Frawley, chairman of Second Chances Garage Board of Directors. “With those kind of funds we’ll be able to place many more cars, which goes with our mission to help low-income people in Frederick County with personal transportation.” In 2018, Second Chances worked on 812 cars owned by low-income individuals in Frederick, according to Frawley. It placed 39 vehicles with families that didn’t have transportation and 281 cars were donated to the non-profit, the highest it received in one year. “I would like to thank Legal & General America for selecting us as a featured charity for its annual campaign,” said Rick Trawick founder of Second Chances Garage, in a news release. “LGA’s great employee support will allow us to replace our aging tow truck with a newer model. As you may imagine, a reliable tow truck is a key component essential for collecting our donations. We are very thankful that LGA is located in Frederick County and for its generous support of our community.” Through its charity campaign, Legal & General America raised more than $950,000 from Oct. 19 and Nov. 2. Funds will be donated to hundred of charities including the two featured charities—Second Chances Garage and America’s VetDogs, a company that provides service dogs to veterans, active duty service members and first responders with disabilities. “It’s incredible to see what can be accomplished through the combined generosity of our employees and the support of our local Frederick community,” said Mark Holweger, president and CEO of Legal and General America’s insurance division. “We’ve been blessed with a team and a community that cares about others and about the missions and values of charities here in Frederick and across the U.S. We’re proud to stand by organizations like Second Chances Garage and America’s VetDogs and help them, in some way, reach the goals they’ve set out to achieve.” RESOURCE LINK
  5. Coun. Shawn Lewis says he had to deal with 'aggressive' tow truck drivers while trying to talk to police After experiencing what he calls 'aggressive' sales tactics by tow truck drivers at the scene of a collision, Coun. Shawn Lewis is asking city staff to draft a bylaw that would ban roadside solicitation by London towing companies. Lewis, who represents Ward 2, was driving home from the Argyle Business Improvement Area Santa Claus parade in early December when was involved in a collision. There were no injuries, but both vehicles were too damaged to drive. Almost immediately, drivers from two different tow truck companies arrived at the scene and tried to convince Lewis and the other driver to give them their business. "They were fairly aggressive at a time when we were tyring to talk to the [police] officer," said Lewis. "This tow truck driver was hovering right there saying 'I need to talk to you. I can do this cheaper.' It was very aggressive roadside soliciting." Pushy sales tactics? Lewis opted to call Ross' Towing and Transportation. Since 2014, the London company has had an exclusive contract to handle all police requests for tows, though drivers are free to call a towing company of their choice. Lewis said people who've been involved in a collision shouldn't have to deal with pushy sales tactics, especially if they're shaken up or confused about their rights. "I mean, you've just been in an accident, you're car is wrecked," he said. "You're very emotionally wound up. It would be very easy to be taken advantage of." At Tuesday's Community and Protective Services Committee meeting, Lewis will submit a motion that asks city staff to draft a bylaw that would essentially outlaw roadside soliciting. The bylaw would require tow truck operators to stay a minimum distance away from drivers at the scene of a collision. It would also prevent tow truck drivers from hooking up a vehicle without permission from the vehicle owner or emergency responders at the scene. Lewis is asking London staff to look at other municipalities that have such bylaws, including Toronto and Waterloo. Ian Bondy, owner of City Wide Towing, said Lewis's draft bylaw is aimed at the right target: so-called "chaser" companies that instead of waiting for a service call, rush to collision scenes or follow emergency vehicles in hopes of hooking a customer. Bondy has been in business since 1994 and says his company only responds to customer calls. "The last thing drivers need is to be solicited by a tow truck driver," he said. "They're not thinking straight. They're upset and here's someone trying to tow their car away without their consent. I don't agree with that." Lewis also said it's important that towing companies are transparent about their rates. Ross's rates are listed here on the Police Services Board website. They also have a rate card in their trucks. Ian Bondy of City Wide also keeps a rate card in the truck and says he intends to post his rates on the company's website. Michael Ross says he supports Lewis's move to stop chaser companies from pressuring drivers at the roadsie. "It's a dangerous practice," said Ross. "People are rushing to the scene. There are a lot of benefits to enforcing a bylaw like this." Lewis's motion asking staff to draft a bylaw was passed by committee. He believes such a bylaw will get enough support to be passed by council. RESOURCE LINK
  6. Grand Prairie PD steps up enforcement of 'move over' law after tow truck driver deaths The Grand Prairie Police Department is stepping up enforcement of a law that keeps first responders and other safe while working along roadways. Tow Truck Driver Keith Holt was killed earlier this month while he was working a crash along I-20. A driver hit him and kept going. FOX4 rode along with GPPD on Wednesday as it kept a watchful eye on tow truck operators working on highways. As one operator worked along a freeway shoulder, an enforcement operation was watching for drivers ignoring the law. "It is a law, to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles,” said GPPD Sgt. Eric Hanson. That law includes tow trucks, as well. "Slow down to 20 MPH below the posted limit or move over. They don't have to do both, but they have to choose based on their situation what they can do.” Two tow truck drivers have been killed in recent freeway crashes. One of them, Holt, 46, was struck and killed January 5 by the driver of a white Nissan Altima who kept going. It happened while Holt was hooking up the car of a stranded motorist at I-20 and Great Southwest Parkway. His 24-year-old son, Keith Holt II, hopes the stepped up enforcement reinforces the law and that the driver is caught. "That’s a whole life. People are not looking at that. And for you to not stop after something like that happens, it makes it that much worse,” Holt said. Grand Prairie police are still investigating leads in the case and trying to drive home a message – watch out for those helping on the roads. RESOURCE LINK with video
  7. CULPEPER — (Press Release) Virginia State Police Trooper I.R. Ewing is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash in Culpeper County. The crash occurred Jan. 16, 2019 at 6:10 p.m. on Route 29 at Route 674. A tow truck pulled into the crossover from Route 674 to make a left turn to head south on Route 29. As it pulled into the median, the rear of the wrecker remained partially in the northbound travel lane and was struck from behind by a northbound 2010 Nissan Maxima. The impact of the crash caused the Nissan to cross through the median and then over both southbound lanes of traffic before coming to rest. The driver of the tow truck, Nathan J. Williams, 19, of Culpeper, Va., was not injured in the crash. He was wearing his seat belt. The driver of the Nissan, Gloria L. Felder, 46, of Manassas, Va. died at the scene. She was wearing her seat belt. Williams was charged with failure to yield right of way. The crash remains under investigation. RESOURCE LINK
  8. A tow truck driver has been charged after a theft was reported in New Tecumseth, police say. According to Nottawasaga OPP, on Jan. 8, a local tow company in Alliston was called to remove a vehicle from the scene of a collision on Tottenham Road between the 5th and 6th Line. Officers say the tow truck removed the vehicle and transported it to an impound lot. Police say officers received an anonymous complaint later that the floor mats from the pick-up truck towed from the scene were stolen. Officers allege the local tow truck driver removed the weather-tech floor mats from the towed vehicle and attempted to sell them on Facebook. Police say 28-year-old Scott Balliu from New Tecumseth was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime. Officers say Balliu was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Bradford at a later date. RESOURCE LINK
  9. A California Highway Patrol car and a tow truck were struck by another vehicle along the 15 Freeway in Ontario on Tuesday night, Jan. 15, the CHP log said. The initial report was that there were at worst minor injuries. The crash was reported about 8:40 p.m. on the southbound side north of Jurupa Avenue. Ontario firefighters witnessed the crash on the right shoulder, the log said. The incident prompted the closure of the right three lanes about 9 p.m. The lanes reopened by 9:45 p.m. RESOURCE LINK
  10. ASHWAUBENON — Hundreds of truckers came together Monday night, Jan. 14 to pay tribute to a tow truck driver killed while removing a vehicle on I-41. According to our partners, WLUK in Green Bay, the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Jan. 11. The tow truck driver, identified by WLUK as Jesse Hettman, was removing a vehicle from I-41 near Oneida Street when he was hit. Brown County sheriff’s officials told WLUK the victim stepped into traffic when he was hit. “We don’t know if he was trying to retrieve some items related to the stalled vehicle or not,” Lt. John Bain of the Brown County Sheriff’s Department told WLUK. On Monday night, flashing lights from hundreds of trucks lit up the site where Hettman was hit and killed. His brother Matt told WLUK the family was overwhelmed by the support from the community. He described his brother as someone who “absolutely loved his job and loved helping people.” Friends echoed that statement, telling WLUK Hettman “touched so many lives.”
  11. CTTA President Terry Warford, Jr. cutting the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony for the CTTA Headquarters located in Sacramento, California!
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    CTTA Meeting January 16th, 2019

    Towing Together BOD Meet & Greet January 16, 2019 CTTA Headquarters, Sacramento Where? CTTA Headquarters • 643 West Stadium Lane, Sacramento, CA 95834 When? 5:00pm What? You are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, January 16th at 5:00pm @ CTTA Headquarters in Sacramento (directions) for our Towing Together Meet & Greet! We’ll be providing a catered dinner featuring whiskey-smoked pork loin, drinks, music and towing friends! This will be a great time to get to know the newly-elected 2019-20 Board of Directors and also get together with other towing company owners & operators to compare notes, get advice, and shoot the breeze. 2019 marks the 50th year of existence for the California Tow Truck Association, and we hope you start this golden year off by celebrating with us! On the following day, we will be holding our first Board of Directors meeting of 2019, which you are also welcome to join (guests may not vote and may be asked to leave during closed sessions). Towing Together BOD Meet & Greet January 16, 2019 CTTA Headquarters, Sacramento Where? CTTA Headquarters • 643 West Stadium Lane, Sacramento, CA 95834 When? 5:00pm What? You are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, January 16th at 5:00pm @ CTTA Headquarters in Sacramento (directions) for our Towing Together Meet & Greet! We’ll be providing a catered dinner featuring whiskey-smoked pork loin, drinks, music and towing friends! This will be a great time to get to know the newly-elected 2019-20 Board of Directors and also get together with other towing company owners & operators to compare notes, get advice, and shoot the breeze. 2019 marks the 50th year of existence for the California Tow Truck Association, and we hope you start this golden year off by celebrating with us! On the following day, we will be holding our first Board of Directors meeting of 2019, which you are also welcome to join (guests may not vote and may be asked to leave during closed sessions). Click to RSVP CTTA Board of Directors Meeting January 16-17, 2019 CTTA Headquarters, Sacramento Where? CTTA Headquarters • 643 West Stadium Lane, Sacramento, CA 95834 When? Committee/Council Meetings: 01/16 Board Meeting: 01/17
  13. Stay ahead of the CARB engine schedule. Source: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/documents/fsregsum.pdf
  14. Tow truck driver pays tribute Tow truck driver Bob Patza Jr. from Jim Olson Motors in Sturgeon Bay hopes people learn a valuable lesson during Monday’s Light’em Up for Jesse Honor Run. Dozens of tow truck drivers, emergency personnel, and other operators will turn on their strobe lights and drive a portion of U.S. Highway 41 near DePere in honor of Jesse Hettmann, who was struck and killed on Friday while moving a stalled vehicle. Patza read the story early Saturday morning and received a call for a tow just ten minutes after he finished it. He admits it was the first time he had a hard time getting into his truck. After deciding to participate in the honor run, Patza says he needed to pay tribute to one of his own. Motorists are required to move over if possible if they see a vehicle with its emergency lights on. Violating the law could cost you more than $260 and three demerit points on your license. RESOURCE LINK with Audio
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