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Re: Canadian Tow Operator Killed 1954


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Hi All ... I'm pleased to share with you that my research article regarding the December 1954 death of, Canadian Tow Operator, Edgar Arthur Pilon, was published in American Towman's September 2019 issue just out. From my research, I believe that Mr. Pilon's death to be the 5th oldest, known tow truck operator fatality ever recorded and the oldest operator fatality in Canada's towing and recovery industry. After lengthy and repeated attempts to locate any surviving family, I was contacted by Mr. Pilon's son Richard where we worked together to build this story.


As this eight month project was nearing its completion, I submitted the article and its information to the International Towing & Recovery Museum requesting that Mr. Pilon's name be added to the Wall of the Fallen. Prior to my making contact with the Pilon children, none of them knew that the towing and recovery industry had a museum or a Wall of the Fallen for tow operators killed in the line of duty. On October 12th, 2019, Mr. Pilon's name will posthumously be added to the Wall of the Fallen in Chattanooga. Additionally, Mr. Pilon's children are driving from Lancaster, Ontario, Canada, to meet up with Christine and I to witness their father's name being added to the Wall. I'm extremely honored and happy that this project brings recognition to Mr. Pilon who gave his life in the service of perfect strangers nearly 65-years ago.    R


The article can be seen at American Towman's Tow Industry Week digital edition @ http://digital.olivesoftware.com/olive/odn/americantowman/default.aspx Pages 30 to 32.

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Randall C. Resch

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