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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 13 - September 19, 2017

'I hope they catch you'

Jack Deaton, an Indianapolis, Indiana, towman who had his leg amputated after being hit roadside two weeks ago, said he's thankful he's alive and had a message for the driver of the semi. "I hope they catch you. If they don't, the Lord will take care of you I promise you that." Deaton was hit on I-70. Indiana State Police said the driver of the semi kept going and didn't bother to stop. They are still looking for the semi. Source:
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Procession Honors Towman Watrous

Pennsylvania towmen recently honored one of their own with a memorial procession Saturday. Ralph Watrous II was a tow truck driver for Mack's Tire Service in New Holland. He was getting ready to tow 46-year-old Robert Buckwalter Jr.'s broken-down car when both were then hit and killed by a passing motorist. William McNeill, the owner of Mack's Tire Service, said, "He's the glue to the company. He held everybody together. He's just an all-around great guy. We're gonna miss him dearly." B.J. Root, one of Watrous' sons, said, "I'm going to miss him a lot. First parent I lost. It's hard to explain." More than 100 tow trucks took part in the memorial procession. Source:

Standoff Ends After Five Hours

SIA Towing of Lanham, Maryland, attempted to repossess a vehicle in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby when an unidentified driver requested to get "some personal items" out of the vehicle. However, once in the vehicle, the driver refused to exit, setting off a five-hour standoff between the agent and the motorist. Deputies explained to the driver that she was receiving an hourly additional rate at approximately $100 per hour of the standoff. After approximately five hours, the driver exited the vehicle with her belongings. Source:
Procession Honors Towman Watrous
Towman was killed roadside two weeks ago
‘I hope they catch you’
Jack Deaton recovers in hospital with amputated leg after being hit
Standoff Ends After Five Hours
Repo attempt extended after towman allows driver to retrieve items

TIMS Training Required in Oklahoma

As of Sept. 1, Oklahoma towmen are required to take Traffic Incident Management System training.

"The way we've always done it doesn't work. That's what's getting us killed," says Bryan Albrecht, who owns Cavin Wrecker Service and serves as vice president of training for the Oklahoma Wreckers Association.

TIMS training combats the dangers of careless drivers by positioning vehicles and signs strategically to protect those on the scene. Requiring towers to take the class will not only help clear scenes faster, but also keep responders as safe as possible.

"We can't change their driving habits, so the only way we can protect ourselves is through training and trying to change the way we do things," said Albrecht.

Albrecht is well aware of the dangers of working on the roadside. Two years ago he faced his own close call with a drunk driver. "Fortunately for me I heard him coming and was able to get about three steps away before impact, so it was a pretty scary moment," he recalls.

Two sessions of free TIMS training will be offered at the American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 17 and Nov. 19.

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Help Beyond the Havoc

I don't think in my lifetime I've ever seen three active hurricanes at one time affecting America.

We had Harvey wreak its havoc. Irma has knocked out power to much of Florida and has devastated the Virgin Islands. Katia is making the rounds in the Gulf Region and Jose is lurking in the Atlantic.

That's a lot of hurricane activity at once.

But before you think this is going in the direction of a "climate control" column, I just need to "shout out" the towing industry for its ability to help the country in time of need and crisis.

I continue to read how towing companies are helping with damaged car removal and other assistance activities going on in the south. How they've towed, over many miles, food, water and other provisions to aid their fellow man. You have to look high and low to find someone who is as willing to always be in assist mode as the towman.

Hopefully, all of this will be over soon enough and people can return to a normal life; but for now, thank God for the towman.
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