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    TowNews got a reaction from mushspeed in See how Coady's Wrecker removed an SUV from a pool in Middleton (MA)   
    06.11.19 - Middleton Fire Department posted on their FB Page:
     
    at approximately 1130 the RECC received calls for a car into the pool at 36 Village Road.Crews arrived to find an suv teetering on the edge of the pool.
     
    The two occupants had been helped out by bystanders and they were not injured. The vehicle ended up slipping all the way into the pool. Coadys’ wrecker was called to lift the vehicle out of the water. Crews stood by for the removal of the vehicle.The operators from Coadys’ did a great job and made the removal of the vehicle look easy . Luckily there were no injuries, but the pool will be closed for a while.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
     

     
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    TowNews got a reaction from brian991219 in 10 days remain and only 380 Bills!   
    With only 10 days remaining, only 380 bills have gone through the entire process and are on the Governor’s desk.  The last time the Texas Legislature passed fewer was in the 1800s.  We filed several bills, but it was really a session that was weighted toward killing bills.
    This session, we tracked 80 bills that could have had an impact on the towing and storage industry.   Below are some of which we were actively involved.
    HB 61 by James White relating to the use of certain lighting equipment on escort flag vehicles.  While this bill was centered around escort flag vehicles and the lights they use during the course of their work the changes made to this bill will also allow for tow trucks to use amber and blue lights.  We worked with the Texas Municipal Police Association on this measure, and our member Geoff Nienstedt worked hard with local law enforcement officials to gain support in allowing tow truck drivers to use blue lights.  HB 61 was signed by the Governor on May 7th and will become law on September 1, 2019.
    HB 625 by Neave relating to notice and request for a hearing regarding a vehicle that has been towed or booted, would have allowed a person to submit a written request for a hearing concerning a towed car within 60 days of the date the vehicle was towed, excluding weekends and holidays, provided that the vehicle that had been released from the vehicle storage facility to which it was towed within 20 days.  We know what you are thinking.  That is extremely convoluted and doesn’t make much sense.  Southwest Tow Operators opposed this bill in committee and member, Tasha Moore, testified in opposition to the bill.
    HB 626 by Neave relating to notice of a person’s right to a hearing placed on a sign prohibiting unauthorized vehicles on a parking facility.  Southwest Tow Operators legislative team worked to oppose this bill.  The bill never received a hearing.
    HB 1140 by Tracy King relates to fees for vehicles stored at vehicle storage facilities; authorizing fee increases and decreases; eliminating a fee; eliminating a minimum fee.  Southwest Tow Operators was very supportive of this measure as it moved through the process.  HB 1140 would allow TDLR to adjust the storage fee for impounded vehicles.  This bill was passed out of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee today and will be heading to the full Senate for debate and final passage. 
    HB 2807 by Guillen relating to regulation and liability of certain vehicles on a highway.  Representative Guillen filed this bill on behalf of Southwest Tow Operators.  HB 2807 would have changed the penalties for move over violations.  This bill was heard in the House Licensing and Administration Committee but was faced by opposition in the Local Calendar Committee by some members.  Representative Guillen amended the language on one of his other bills, but that bill died in the Senate, unfortunately.
    The legislative session will conclude on Memorial Day, but our work does not end there.  We will set our agenda for the next 18 months so that we will be ready to fill bills in the next session. 
    Southwest Tow Operators will continue to work hard on your behalf in Austin. 
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    TowNews got a reaction from Lightdutykid in This Poor Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Prototype Broke Down   
    Mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8 breaks down at a Michigan gas station
     
    Well this is awkward. After years of seeing the mighty mid-engine C8 Chevy Corvette in spy shots rumbling around Michigan and the Nürburgring, we now see it broken down at a gas station. According to the spy photographer, the sports car pulled into the gas station with no issues, but once the occupants were ready to leave, it refused to start. After close to a half hour of trying to start it, it was covered up and a tow truck called to have the 'Vette unceremoniously hauled back to HQ.

    Any breakdown of a prototype in public is unfortunate, but this is particularly rough for Chevy since reports have been coming out of development troubles. Most notably are electrical issues, which may have been the cause of this car's breakdown. There have also been reports of chassis flex on the high-horsepower models, though that may have been fixed already.

    We still expect the C8 to be revealed this summer. It will likely cost around $70,000 to start, and high horsepower models will probably break the $100,000 mark. Some sort of V8 will power it, though we're not sure if the base engine will be a pushrod engine or possibly a double-overhead cam engine. We also know that some kind of automatic, possibly a dual-clutch transmission, will at least be available, if not the only transmission.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from JC ROADSIDE ASSIST in Fatal Accident Involving Roll Back 04.15.19 (PA)   
    WEST BRUNSWICK TWP., Pa.
     

     
    Fatal crash reported in Schuylkill County
    A portion of Route 61 remains closed as investigators look into the cause of the three-vehicle crash.
    At least one person was killed Monday night in a crash in Schuylkill County just north of the Berks County line, according to officials.
      Crews were dispatched at 7 p.m. to the intersection of Route 61 (Centre Turnpike) and Route 895 (Summer Valley Road) in Molino for the report of a vehicle accident with entrapment.
     

      Initial reports indicated at least three vehicles were involved in the crash, including a flat-bed tow truck that came to a stop on the concrete median.
      Officials from the Schuylkill County coroner's office were dispatched to the crash. The southbound lanes of Route 61 were closed while the northbound lanes remained open.
      State troopers from the Schuylkill Haven station were at the scene investigating the crash.
     

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    TowNews got a reaction from JC ROADSIDE ASSIST in Tower Down 04.25.19 (MS)   
    JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - According to Rankin County Coroner, 37-year-old Michael Buffington died in the accident.  
    One person is dead following a wreck on I-20 westbound just past the Highway 49 exit.
    Pearl police say a roll back wrecker and a car collided, the wrecker flipped over the edge onto the median of I-20. The other vehicle rolled upside down and rested on the rail of the flyover.
    Traffic is backed up. Anyone traveling west on I-20 through Jackson and into Rankin County is advised to use extreme caution.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from Erin Coleman in Tower Down 04.25.19 (MS)   
    JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - According to Rankin County Coroner, 37-year-old Michael Buffington died in the accident.  
    One person is dead following a wreck on I-20 westbound just past the Highway 49 exit.
    Pearl police say a roll back wrecker and a car collided, the wrecker flipped over the edge onto the median of I-20. The other vehicle rolled upside down and rested on the rail of the flyover.
    Traffic is backed up. Anyone traveling west on I-20 through Jackson and into Rankin County is advised to use extreme caution.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from TowZone in Joanne Blyton Billings, MT "Elected TRAA President"   
    Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing & Recovery, Montana, has been elected 2019 TRAA President. Joanne is the first woman to hold this position in 40 years. A long time member of Tow411 and now TowForce, member name "speedracer". Join us as we send our congratulations on a rise to the top, for a woman who truly earned it.
     

     
    TRAA "Towing & Recovery Association of America
     Tow411 - "Towing Information Network"
     
    Her Candidate Bio is available online at http://traaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joanne-Blyton.pdf
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    TowNews got a reaction from Kat in Joanne Blyton Billings, MT "Elected TRAA President"   
    Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing & Recovery, Montana, has been elected 2019 TRAA President. Joanne is the first woman to hold this position in 40 years. A long time member of Tow411 and now TowForce, member name "speedracer". Join us as we send our congratulations on a rise to the top, for a woman who truly earned it.
     

     
    TRAA "Towing & Recovery Association of America
     Tow411 - "Towing Information Network"
     
    Her Candidate Bio is available online at http://traaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joanne-Blyton.pdf
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    TowNews got a reaction from mushspeed in PRESS RELEASE: 2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES   
    PRESS RELEASE: 2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED BY I.T.R.H.F.M.
     
    CHATTANOOGA, TN, April 3, 2019 — The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum today announced that it has completed the selection process for induction into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019.
     
    John Coupland (Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom),
     
    Michael Cherry (Land O’Lakes, FL),
     
    Jamie Davis (Hope, British Columbia, Canada),
     
    George Kuntz (Bismarck, ND),
     
    Glenn Landau (Daytona Beach, FL),
     
    Quinn Piening (Fremont, CA),
     
    Perry Shusta (Antioch, CA)
     
    were nominated by members of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum for their many contributions to the towing and recovery industry, their families and communities.
     
    “Our Hall of Fame is not about single events or simply participating but is instead about celebrating those who have worked hard to support and grow our industry’s professionalism,” said Bill Gratzianna, President of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.
     
    “This year’s group of inductees is no exception in their work on behalf of the industry and their leadership inside and outside of the industry.”
     
    The Class of 2019, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in a ceremony to be held at 6pm on October 12th, 2019 at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. A full weekend of activities will be held to celebrate this year’s inductees. For more information on the induction ceremony, or to order tickets, contact the museum at 423-267-3132 or visit them on the internet at towingmuseum.com.

    About ITRHFM
    The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a gift shop selling souvenirs related to the towing industry. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups.
    Learn more at www.towingmuseum.com.
     
    Congratulations to the 2019 Hall of Fame Class!
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    TowNews got a reaction from Kat in I.T.R.H.F.M. Chamber Business of the Month (TN)   
    International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame in Chattanooga
    received honor and recognition 03.14.19.
     

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    TowNews got a reaction from Builder 2 in Sarnia tow truck operators behind new housing project for homeless youth   
    11 young people will be housed in former ABC daycare site on London Road
    Young people struggling with homelessness in Sarnia will soon have a chance to rent their own affordable apartment.
     
    This summer, a transitional affordable housing project for 16 to 24 year olds in need is expected to open on the site of the former ABC daycare on London Road.
     
    The project is the brainchild of Tammy Vandenheuval and her husband Gary, owners of Preferred Towing, a towing company in Sarnia. 
     
    "The biggest reason why my heart is into this is because I experienced homelessness when I was 16," Vandenheuval told Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre, adding she was on her own for a month before finding a place with relatives.
    "It was very scary."
     
    The Vandenheuvals have received a grant from the County of Lambton for the project, with the rest of the money coming from fundraising efforts and the couple's own funds.
     
    The building will have seven units, with three being single-occupant, and the remainder double.
     
    "In our area, [homelessness among youth] is quite prevalent," Vandenheuval said. "It's very hard for youth to find an apartment where someone will rent to them ... some youth [end up living in] places that should not be occupied."
     
    The final price tag of the project is expected to be $1.5 million.
     
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    Building help for homeless youth
    A transitional, affordable housing project for 16-24-year-olds should be up and running by the summer, if all goes well, says one of the people making it happen.
     
    A transitional, affordable housing project for 16- to 24-year-olds should be up and running by the summer, if all goes well, says one of the people making it happen.
     
    “In hindsight it really has been moving along quickly,” said Tammy Vandenheuvel.
     
    She and husband Gary contracted renovations in December at the former ABC Daycare on London Road.
     
    Gutted, with new heating and cooling, plumbing has been mostly completed, and drywall is about halfway there on the eventual seven-apartment affordable rental building for youth, Vandenheuvel said.
     
    Bouyed by a $980,000 transitional housing grant from the province, by way of Lambton County, the $1.5-million project is about helping homeless youth turn their lives around, said Vandenheuvel.
    She was homeless at age 16, she said.
     
    “It was scary back then, and that’s why this is such a big deal for me, why I’ve been pushing so hard and why we really put ourselves on the line for this project.”
     
    Vandenheuvel, one among dozens of community partners helping guide the Rebound-directed Hub at St. Luke’s United Church, said the not-for-profit, yet-unnamed housing project is under contract for 20 years to offer housing at rates 20 per cent below market value.
     
    There are three single and four double apartments being built, she said, in the transitional housing model. Transitional generally means tenants stay between 12 months and three years, city planner Max Williams said in November 2017, when city council granted rezoning for the project.
     
    Between then and now has been taken up with getting drawings completed and obtaining the building permit, Vandenheuvel said.
     
    They’re also appealing to youth for suggestions to name the building, she said.
     
    The housing is expected to help youth build up credit and learn life skills, she said, noting residents would receive government funding that would go towards rent.
     
    The Vandenheuvels and the county are still working out how they’ll evaluate applications, she said.
    “(Youth) have to be ready for it,” she said.
     
    “They have to be the right fit because we want them to be successful.”
     
    There’ll be no on-site supervision, she said, but Rebound has funding for housing support – checking in on tenants, making sure they’re going to programs and helping them with cooking, cleaning and other general living skills, Vandenheuvel said.
     
    Hub partners have also agreed to keep the resource centre located at St. Luke’s United Church, Vandenheuvel and Carrie McEachran, executive director at Rebound, said.
     
    There was debate previously about moving the Hub to the housing complex.
     
    The basement in the three-storey structure at 811 London Rd. was being eyed as a common area, but is being left now until another tenant can be found, Vandenheuvel said.
     
    Community support has been strong, Vandenheuvel said. Many have offered to help.
     
    “We hopped into this because we wanted to do something good for the community, but really had no idea what we were getting into,” she said.
     
    It’s also positive to see partnership with the two-year-old Hub, she said, as housing for 16-24-year-olds was always part of the vision for the drop-in and support service centre.
     
    “I was part of that committee and we talked about it over and over again, and we heard from youth coming out, ‘I didn’t have a place to sleep last night,’” Vandenheuvel said.
     
    “It just, it broke my heart.”
     
    Those testimonials are what spurred her to create the transitional housing, she said.
     
    “I thought ‘We have to do this. We have to take the leap of faith because nobody else is.’”
     
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    Yes, you know them from Heavy Rescue 401
     

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    TowNews got a reaction from mushspeed in City Plans To Rein In Racing Tow Truck Drivers (PA)   
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They’re called chasers — local tow truck drivers who race each other to the scenes of accidents to get the tow.
     
    When they get there, it can sometime turn violent, like in early February, when police say one tow truck driver shot another who was wielding a baseball bat at the scene of a crash on Washington Boulevard.
     
    “What we’ve had historically is a wild, wild west. It’s been a free-for-all where when there are accidents on city streets, whoever gets there first and gets their business card in front of a crash victim was winning multi-hundreds of dollars of towing fees,” Dan Gilman, Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, said.
     
    The administration wants to put the brakes on the chasers once and all. Instead of having tow trucks racing in the street, the city would establish a half dozen districts and have a designated towing company for each one.
     
    “This isn’t trying to create a monopoly. It’s not trying to cut anyone out of business. We could have as many as six tow truck operator companies still doing business with the city,” Gilman said.
     
    Over the years, KDKA has done several stories on folks having their cars towed and not being able to locate them, only to be charged days later with exorbitant towing and storage fees in the thousands of dollars.
     
    Gilman says new city rules would address that too, limiting fees but allowing the companies to make a living without deceptive or dangerous practices.
     
    “We want to support our local businesses. We want to support entrepreneurs, but it needs to be done safely,” he said.
     
    This is a request to the towing companies to bid on one of six towing contracts. Each winner would be assigned a zone in the city that would be theirs alone; no other company could tow cars from accident scenes within that zone.
     
    The city believes that this would do away with the chasing once and for all.
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    Pittsburgh tow truck drivers doubtful about proposed city procedures
     
    Monday morning’s precipitation mix caused fender benders and crashes from the South Side to Squirrel Hill. Just after 7 a.m., emergency dispatchers could be heard over a police scanner radio discussing three cars that slid off Potomac Avenue in the city’s Banksville neighborhood.
    Tow truck drivers were certainly tuned in — just as they are beginning to dial in to a city plan that could dramatically change the way they do business in Pittsburgh.
    “There’s quite a few companies that are legitimate companies, and they listen to a police scanner,” said Jason Watkins, owner of Jay’s Towing in Brighton Heights. “We know all the streets in the city, we go to a wreck.”
    He said there are some “bad” operators in the business that are considered “chasers” because they hurry to accident scenes in hopes of hooking the resulting business.
    The city of Pittsburgh is now trying to stop so-called chaser tow truck drivers from racing to crash scenes, which public safety officials say “creates unsafe conditions” — a justification that comes just weeks after an incident in which one tow truck driver critically injured another after arguing at a crash site within city limits.
    The city announced Friday that it has launched a bidding process for towing companies to split coverage areas.
    But some in the towing industry are afraid the regulations will kill business.
    Mr. Watkins, who lives in Brighton Heights, said he heard about the city’s effort when another person in the industry gave him a call.
    “Is it going to push out the good ones or bad ones? I don't know. There’s not enough answers out there,” said Mr. Watkins, who said he’s looked at the city website and has called to ask questions.
    In an effort to stop the chasing, the city is seeking to designate one towing company to respond to car crash scenes in each of the city’s six police zones. Companies can bid on more than one zone.
    According to the city’s request for proposals, eligible towing companies must have at least three trucks on call that each have a gross vehicle weight rating of 17,500 pounds; be able to provide a flatbed that could haul two vehicles simultaneously; and have a facility that can store at least 10 vehicles within a two-mile radius of the city.
    Additionally, towing charges would be determined by the city’s towing ordinance, which now sets pickup fees for passenger cars, light trucks and motorcycles at $135.
    Mr. Watkins said his company operates five tow trucks, including flatbeds, and that he could store up to 11 vehicles inside his Brighton Heights garage, or as many as 40 on his outside property. He charges $395 for a tow from a crash scene.
    Mr. Watkins said that adjusting to a lower fee is “not going to be feasible” for his business when considering his operating costs of plates, insurance and maintenance.
    But according to Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration, “safety and customer protections” are paramount for those who find themselves in car crashes or disabled vehicles on city streets.
    “When numerous tow trucks hurry to the scene of a vehicle crash it creates several safety concerns,” Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich wrote in an emailed statement Monday. “First, they are competing to get to the scene and therefore often speed and break traffic laws to get there first, which creates unsafe conditions. Second, as many as six tow trucks can show up for a single-vehicle crash, which adds to traffic congestion,”
    Mr. Hissrich said that he’s been to crash scenes where tow truck drivers have gotten into arguments.
    “Police officers then have to act as mediators when they should be focused on assisting victims or directing traffic. It's not safe. From a public safety perspective, the time has come for action,” he continued.
    On Feb. 2 an argument between two tow truck drivers in Homewood led to a shooting that left one of them in critical condition, according to police.
    The incident on Washington Boulevard near Shetland Avenue occurred when multiple tow truck drivers responded to an accident and two of them got into an argument. One pulled a baseball bat from his truck, and another drew a gun and shot the first, according to police.
    This is not the first time the city has butted heads with the towing industry.
    Pittsburgh police have publicly complained in recent years about trouble between tow truck drivers.
    And in 2012, local towing business owner John F. Halbleib filed an injunction in federal court against the city after he claimed towing business was unfairly given to city contractor McGann and Chester. He settled the case with the city in 2013.
    Mr. Halbleib, who owns the Hazelwood-based businesses Halbleib Auto Body and D-Maxx Authomotive, said he plans to fight the city’s new plans. Among several issues he sees with regulations, he said, he disagrees with a provision in the city’s request for proposals that states that towing businesses affiliated with auto body shops cannot apply for one of the zones.
    Additionally, he said that splitting the service between the zones will hinder his business.
    “Sometimes there’s not even one wreck in your zone for two days,” he said.
    The city deadline for bid applications is March 8.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from someotherplace in Davie tow truck driver shot at while repossessing car (FL)   
    Man accused of opening fire on tow truck driver in Southwest Ranches
    SOUTHWEST RANCHES, FLA. (WSVN) - Police arrested a man accused of opening fire on a tow truck driver in Southwest Ranches.
    Juan Barquero is facing several charges, including attempted felony murder.
    The 57-year-old allegedly shot at a tow truck driver who was in the process of repossessing the suspect’s Mercedes-Benz, Thursday morning.
    Police said Barquero ordered the driver and another person to drop the car.
    When they refused, shots were fired into the truck.
      No injuries were reported.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from brian991219 in Crucial Legal Battle could effect entire industry!   
    As Reported by Statewide Towing Association E-News on January 28, 2019:
     
    A pivotal liability towing case, Northern New England AAA v. Statewide Towing, Inc. et al. (a Maine towing company), is before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Maine’s highest court. The case will decide the issue of whether insurance companies should be responsible for paying for the clean-up, recovery, towing, and storage of a vehicle after an accident. If the case is successful would change the law of liability tows in Maine and require insurance companies to pay for liability tows i.e. under the liability portion of an insured's auto policy. 
     
    This case has been tried twice before two lower courts. The Small Claims Court found that the insurance company was responsible for the clean-up, recovery, towing and storage of the vehicle. Northern New England AAA appealed. The Superior Court found the insurance company responsible for the clean-up, recovery, and towing; the storage was the owner’s responsibility. Again, Northern New England AAA appealed.     
     
    The case is now before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Maine’s highest court. The argument is: The insurance company is responsible for everything after an accident: the clean-up, recovery, towing and storage of the vehicle. A win means the insurance companies in Maine will be responsible to pay for liability tows. The outcome of this case will change the law of liability tows in the State of Maine. Additionally, a successful outcome in this case will be a catalyst for change in other states. 
     
    Preparing and arguing a case before a state Supreme Court is extremely costly. The outcome of this case will benefit the entire towing industry not just those in Maine. A successful outcome in this case will be useful argument with insurance companies in any state to get liability tows paid. 
     
    Please consider making a donation to support this important cause. 
    The Board of Directors of STA voted for STA to donate $2,000, TRAA donated $5,000 and ESTRA has pledged $1,000 towards the legal fees incurred for arguing this case before the Maine Supreme Court. Your donations are needed as well and will help to continue the fight. This case is taking the insurance industry, head-on. 
     
    To pledge on line, CLICK HERE.
     
    Or if you wish to mail a check, make the check payable to:         
    Bergen & Parkinson, LLC
    Attn: William J. Gallitto, III, Esq.
    144 Main Street
    Saco, Maine 04072
     
    In the memo line of the check write: Statewide Towing v. AAA Appeal
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    TowNews got a reaction from brian991219 in 2 men deliver free meals to local TSA agents (MI)   
    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.
     
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    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.
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    TowNews got a reaction from brian991219 in Re: Sad News - Tow Operator Fatality New Mexico   
    Tow truck driver killed, officer injured in I-40 crash
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The latest winter wallop has claimed an innocent man's life.
     
    “The tow truck driver was just being a good Samaritan,” Officer Dusty Francisco with New Mexico State Police said. 
     
    Seven vehicles, including four semis, were involved in a chain reaction crash around one this morning.
     
    Chopper 4 flew over the scene that spread out over several miles on I-40 East, shutting down traffic for hours.
     
    “Due to the weather and road conditions, I mean you're driving on black ice, so it makes it harder to stop,” Officer Francisco said. 
     
    State Police said an officer responded to a crash and was rear-ended by a semi.
     
    “A tow truck driver from Madrid Towing, stopped to assist the state police officer, and when it did, another commercial motor vehicle approached the scene and struck the tow truck…tow truck driver, along with the State Police vehicle a second time,” Officer Francisco said. 
     
    State police said 50-year-old Pat Cisneros of Albuquerque died at the scene. The officer suffered minor injuries and is expected to be ok. 
     
    “I mean with the inclement weather and road conditions, we put out stuff on social media to drivers to slow down, be careful and for something like that to happen, it’s, it’s unfortunate,” Officer Francisco said. 
     
    No other injuries were reported. Police continue to investigate the crash and whether speed was a factor.
     
    KOB reached out to Madrid towing. The company’s owner, Gerald Madrid, provided us this statement on the loss of their valued employee and friend.
    "Pat was my lead tow driver here at Madrid. His passion was driving tow trucks. He died doing what he loved. In addition, trying to help someone else, in the process, lost his life. Pat will be missed,” Madrid said.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from Kat in Bambrager Tow Truck Operator receives medal in Baltimore   
    Bambarger tow truck operator receives medal for heroism after rescuing baby from burning car.
    André Harris gave God all of the credit when he rescued a baby from a burning car back in July, it was Harris who was recognized on the national stage this weekend for his incredible act of heroism. When he was awarded the American Towman Medal in a ceremony at the Baltimore Tow Show.
     
    Bambarger noted that the prestigious medal honors “some of the most amazing acts in the annals of human rescue.”
    The company’s post added, “Indiana Jones and Superman have nothing on the American Towman. The Medal Ceremony has evolved over the years into the March of the Heroes.”
     
    From André Harris Sr. FB page:
     
    Thanx to everyone who sent nice words and well wishes. It really means a lot to me to have complete strangers say such kind words to me for an act that God put me in place for. That's why GOD gets all of the glory. It's also a blessing to have a beautifully crafted, God-fearing, loving and praying wife, Rachael M. Harris, to remind me on a daily basis to make my best better. I also want to thank Heath Bambarger, Adam Bambarger, Lori Cunningham Miles for giving me the opportunity to be in a wrecker, for it's truly a rewarding feeling to know that you've helped someone get to safety with almost every call. Thanks to everyone at Bambarger Wrecker Services because I've learned so much from you all and I continue to learn from you guys on a daily basis. A special thanks goes out to Billy Green for the support with his many skills and knowledge of the tech world and much more. And the biggest thank you goes to my parents, Abe Harris & Loretta Harris for always teaching my siblings and I to always work hard and pray even harder, always help when u see that you can and sometimes even when you don't think you can and have faith knowing that God's plan is bigger than you know. To my sisters, brothers and my bro-cuz THANKS for keeping me on my toes and for always being there for me!
    To God be the glory.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from Minchar in Roadside Service Truck and Driver Struck, Rochester NY 10.24.18   
    Action Towing Reported:
    This morning one of their managers was almost seriously injured while performing a tire change on the side of 390 in Rochester.
     



     
    Action Towing sated: The move over law has not gained enough traction quick enough to protect our employees and other workers performing hazardous duty’s on the roadways here in New York State.
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    TowNews got a reaction from Diana Morris in Tow truck driver struck, killed by big rig on I-10 W (CA)   
    CABAZON, Calif.- - A man is dead near Cabazon after being struck by a big rig truck on I-10 W west
    of Haugen Lehmann Way. The victim, a tow truck driver, was struck by the truck while standing on
    the shoulder outside of his work vehicle. 
     
    The crash was reported at 9:09 a.m. 9 firefighters and 3 fire engines responded to the scene. 
    It is unclear at this time what caused the crash. There is no information on additional injuries. 
     
    The big rig truck that struck the pedestrian is on the scene. 
    CHP is investigating the incident. 
     
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    Tow truck driver struck, killed by big rig on I-10 near Cabazon
    A 50-year-old Cabazon man working for Stagecoach Towing was struck and killed by a big rig Tuesday morning
    as he was climbing back into his tow truck near Cabazon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
    The accident happened at 9 a.m., two miles east of Main Street near Cabazon.
    Marco Rodriguez, 52, from Riverside, was driving a big rig in the slow lane on westbound I-10. The tow truck driver
    had parked his flatbed tow truck on the north asphalt shoulder of I-10 westbound and got out of the driver's seat.
      There were no disabled vehicles in the area and it is unknown why the tow truck driver stopped on the shoulder of the
    freeway. The driver of the big rig allowed his vehicle to drift onto the north shoulder as he approached the tow truck.
    At that same time, the tow truck driver was climbing back into the driver's eat when the right side of the big rig collided
    with the opened tow truck door and driver.
    The tow truck driver was thrown from the side of the truck and into the slow lane of westbound Interstate 10. A passing
    motorist stopped and pulled the man from the traffic lanes.
      Cal Fire arrived on scene, but the tow truck driver, identified as Jon Israel, was deceased.  The westbound No. 4 lane was
    closed for three hours during the investigation.
    Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as a factor in the collision. No arrests or citations were made at the scene.
    The big rig is undergoing a mechanical inspection.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from Bill Boulton in Tow truck driver struck, killed by big rig on I-10 W (CA)   
    CABAZON, Calif.- - A man is dead near Cabazon after being struck by a big rig truck on I-10 W west
    of Haugen Lehmann Way. The victim, a tow truck driver, was struck by the truck while standing on
    the shoulder outside of his work vehicle. 
     
    The crash was reported at 9:09 a.m. 9 firefighters and 3 fire engines responded to the scene. 
    It is unclear at this time what caused the crash. There is no information on additional injuries. 
     
    The big rig truck that struck the pedestrian is on the scene. 
    CHP is investigating the incident. 
     
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    Tow truck driver struck, killed by big rig on I-10 near Cabazon
    A 50-year-old Cabazon man working for Stagecoach Towing was struck and killed by a big rig Tuesday morning
    as he was climbing back into his tow truck near Cabazon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
    The accident happened at 9 a.m., two miles east of Main Street near Cabazon.
    Marco Rodriguez, 52, from Riverside, was driving a big rig in the slow lane on westbound I-10. The tow truck driver
    had parked his flatbed tow truck on the north asphalt shoulder of I-10 westbound and got out of the driver's seat.
      There were no disabled vehicles in the area and it is unknown why the tow truck driver stopped on the shoulder of the
    freeway. The driver of the big rig allowed his vehicle to drift onto the north shoulder as he approached the tow truck.
    At that same time, the tow truck driver was climbing back into the driver's eat when the right side of the big rig collided
    with the opened tow truck door and driver.
    The tow truck driver was thrown from the side of the truck and into the slow lane of westbound Interstate 10. A passing
    motorist stopped and pulled the man from the traffic lanes.
      Cal Fire arrived on scene, but the tow truck driver, identified as Jon Israel, was deceased.  The westbound No. 4 lane was
    closed for three hours during the investigation.
    Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as a factor in the collision. No arrests or citations were made at the scene.
    The big rig is undergoing a mechanical inspection.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from Towscorpio in Ohio Turnpike to dedicate memorial sign to tow truck driver killed in Richfield (OH)   
    RICHFIELD TWP.: The Ohio Turnpike will dedicate a new memorial sign Friday in honor of a tow truck driver who was killed on the highway.
     
    The sign says: “Move over for stopped vehicle with flashing lights. In memory of Michael Kennedy.”
     
    Kennedy of Ravenna, whose nickname was “Turnpike Mike,” was an operator for Interstate Towing. He was killed in May 2015 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while helping a driver who had a flat tire. He was 56.
     
    The sign, part of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s Memorial Sign Program, will be located at Milepost 182.
     
    The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the Boston Heights maintenance building, 3245 Boston Mills Road.
     
    It will include remarks by Kennedy’s widow Vickie Kennedy, Turnpike Chairman Jerry N. Hruby, Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole and Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Richard Reeder.
     
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    TowNews got a reaction from towmanblue in Ohio Turnpike to dedicate memorial sign to tow truck driver killed in Richfield (OH)   
    RICHFIELD TWP.: The Ohio Turnpike will dedicate a new memorial sign Friday in honor of a tow truck driver who was killed on the highway.
     
    The sign says: “Move over for stopped vehicle with flashing lights. In memory of Michael Kennedy.”
     
    Kennedy of Ravenna, whose nickname was “Turnpike Mike,” was an operator for Interstate Towing. He was killed in May 2015 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while helping a driver who had a flat tire. He was 56.
     
    The sign, part of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s Memorial Sign Program, will be located at Milepost 182.
     
    The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the Boston Heights maintenance building, 3245 Boston Mills Road.
     
    It will include remarks by Kennedy’s widow Vickie Kennedy, Turnpike Chairman Jerry N. Hruby, Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole and Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Richard Reeder.
     
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