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Re: Towers Killed August 23: Remembering Gary Wayne DuBose (TX), Fred Griffith (CA), and Ben Ruechel (CA)

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Today, February 23, 2024, is the seven-year anniversary in the loss of my friend Fred Griffith, who was struck and killed on a San Diego freeway, by a four-time convicted DUI, hit n run motorist. As Fred was applying air at the white-line side of a commercial trash truck, the DUI driver threaded nearly stopped bumper to bumper traffic on the shoulder only to strike Fred. Rest in Peace, Fred ... I miss you.


And, not the be forgotten, Galveston, Texas tow operator, Gary Wayne DuBose, was killed this day as he worked to load a vehicle on a shoulder.  On, February 23, 1941, tow owner, Benjamin A. "Ben" Ruechel, was working a prior crash in Duarte, California, when a female motorist drove onto the shoulder and pinned him. He died of his injuries.


Christine and I send our prayers to son’s Michael, David and Joe and to the families of Gary Dubose and Ben Ruechel.   


Randall C. Resch

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