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This image was posted on Facebook and a discussion resulted. I was amazed at the comments so I am going to share them in this topic. I suppose the message board or just myself having been on the Museum Board of Directors during construction and visited the Wall of the Fallen many times where I have met the families who had lost loved one. I am most certain my prospective is different from those who have not had such opportunities.

 

If you saw this in the corner of a Tow Yard would you consider it Junk or Tribute!

 

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The Original Tower to post this images said:

The owner of this rusty metal cross piece calls it “art”.....we call it tow truck parts!

Can any non towing people guess what it is / was?

 

There were some rude remarks prior to my response that seem to now be missing from the post.

 

This is my response to the missing comments:

It is certainly Dynamic to say the least. Many of you are RUDE... But, we should expect no less from Facebook. I would be proud to honor fallen brothers and sisters in such an artistic manner. One man's junk is another man's memorial. If I find this stinger laying around I may let it rust in piece standing tall at the rear of our property. God Bless, and I am sorry some no many of you are offended by that..

 

Responses;

It was at a art studio. Not a towing company. The owner has no idea what it is just that it looks cool.

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My Reply:

Question is did you think it looked COOL or JUNK? I think RESPECT among other words as I would want to pay tribute to fallen Tow Ops in a similar manner.

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Responses:

thanks Ron Parrish for the consideration of our fallen brothers and sisters well spoken

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Looks like a waste of scrap metal to me. Respect is earned not given.

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My Response:

re you saying a Fallen Tow Truck Operator is not due Respect?

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Response:

read what was said and you may wish to re evaluate your statement

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My Response:

I give my fallen brothers and sisters the respect they are due for they were just doing a job that has become increasingly dangerous.

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Response:

i said respect is EARNED. not GIVEN. if you've earned my respect then you'll have it. If not then why the hell should i respect you. Tow truck drivers aren't first responders. They're glorified janitors there to clean up the mess. You talk about danger. Well. Do your job properly. Know the risks. N act accordingly. Should qe have memorials for every person who had a car accident? Sounds a bit ridiculous if you ask me.

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My Response:

I do not even know how to respond to that statement. So, I will let others who have lost family members, been to the wall of the fallen met families that have lost tow truck operators in the line of duty. Not first responders but certainly primary support responders. I do not know what you do, but your words are not those of a tow truck operator.

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Response:

i think he is fishing for a shit stir

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My Response:

No, I am still trying to figure out what you two view as respect for a Fallen Tow Operator. From what I have read you believe the Tow Operator is at fault for their death and respect should not be given. I disagree! Now convince me I read that wrong...

 

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On to the next dialog where a response says:

Anyone who sees this as anything except scrap needs their head examined. Bout $8 at the scrapyard

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Then there was much of the same from several more responses.

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To me it is all a matter of prospective. Agree or Disagree, I see a Cross and I honor a Fallen Tower. Cause I know that could have stood in memory of me or a friend and if I had planted it there in memory of a fallen tower. Well, I would not want anyone calling my Tribute Junk...

 

ANY THOUGHT's?

 

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I would say that anyone who says tow truck drivers are not first responders should hope they never have a flat tire, run out of gas, or need a tow along side of the road. A very scary place to be when traffic is going by inches away at 60 70 80 mph. Have had customers so shook up that they moved to the off traffic side of the car because of it. Who do they think would be the first responder in that situation?

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That is actually really cool .  as for the disrespectful comments...  that is todays society.  and you can almost bet the only thing they are able to do is run their mouths.  they can be whatever they think they are as long as it is online.   to people like that the only important one is  themselves.  and have absolutely no clue what they are talking about.  if they or one of their family members get plowed into by a drunk driver it must be their fault because they obviously need to learn how to drive a car better.  makes sense to me

 

 

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I see it could be a memorial, sure. The cross is a common memorial symbol and you will find them all across America at roadside memorials for crash victims and other roadway deaths. It would look more appealing, and more like a memorial, if there were flowers, landscaping or a plaque. Perhaps there is and it is not visible in the image?

 

As for the comments, that is what is to be expected today. Sadly the internet has opened up an avenue for people's natural disrespect to flow freely without fear of consequence. The disrespect has always been present in a portion of society, although the fear of a good ole' arse-whooping used to keep most people from running their mouth. Not true among keyboard warriors today.

 

The disrespect shown is typical from someone that feels towers are not important. Perhaps they had a bad experience in the past or only know of our industry from tv shows like Lizard Lick or Operation Repo. Many truckers as well as city dwellers (especially those that have never owned a car) have this type of opinion about the towing industry and those that work in it. Many city dwellers think of tow-away or impound towing long before they thing of roadside assistance, truckers tend to think of accident recovery before they make the connection to other more servant like segments of our industry.

 

Sadly, it could even come from a tow operator that has such a low opinion of themselves or the industry that they are lashing out at anyone trying to improve our reputation and public perception.

 

My last statement, and this will incite some, is they are not entirely incorrect. Although it is tragic that we lose so many towers, and many deaths are not the direct fault of the deceased, some of those we have chosen to memorialize are simply industrial accidents. Accidents that the deceased own negligence contributed to. Whether it be failure to use required safety harnesses to prevent falls, carelessly stepping into traffic or being crushed by an improperly supported load these are industrial accidents. We don't have to agree with their opinion but they are entitled to it in America.

 

Now, that said, since most of us in the towing industry are trying to emulate our brothers and sisters in the fire/ems/police services we have chosen to not make the distinction between fault and simply have chosen as an industry to honor the fallen operator's service and dedication to public service. I was of the opinion that only true accidents, where the tower did not in any way contribute to their death, belonged on the Wall of the Fallen, however a heartfelt conversation with a friend (who will read this but will remain nameless) changed my view on who should be memorialized.

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9 out of 10 of the comments which said this is just junk were from tow operators. Sadly, most of them have lost faith or never had faith. The industry overall has cause this break down for numerous reason I will not get into here as it is a round table. At the end of such discussion it generally comes down to the number of hours of service a driver needs to make money to meet living expenses and have a life. At the end of the day many drivers are either too tried to have a life or they do not have the money to have a life. Tow Rates have never kept up with other industries. It's always been difficult to have a family and work less than 10 hours a day. Many companies now try to run 8 hour shifts, but still cannot find drivers to cover all the hours. I am seeing more and more hiring drivers posts then every before.

 

I look past the rust and I see a cross, I see art... What others see, represents what is going on in their lives.

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