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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 19 - September 25, 2018

Towman Stabbed after Fatal Incident

Philip Horner is being held without bail after being accused of stabbing a towman who hit and killed his mother in Watertown, Massachusetts, on Thursday. Towman Thomas Fogerty was in critical condition at press time. The incident occurred after Forgerty's truck struck Horner's mother. Cellphone video showed Horner jumping into the cab of Forgerty's flatbed tow truck and assaulting him. The video then shows Horner falling out of the truck and stumbling before Fogerty gets out. Seconds later, according to police, Horner pulled out a knife and stabbed Fogerty. Source:
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Memorial Signs Dedicated to Towmen

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission dedicated three Ohio Turnpike Memorial Signs in honor of five men from northwest Ohio last Friday. Among the five the Commission honored were three towmen—David R. Lescher, Frank Protzman Jr. and Jeff Hotz—who were killed in this same region in 1995, 2002 and 2003, respectively. The Commission also honored two maintenance employees from the Castalia Maintenance Building who were killed in 1970. Representing the Ohio Turnpike was Randy Cole, Executive Director. Lt. Rick Reeder represented the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Family members from three of the families attended. Immediate family members each received a replica sign presented by Cole. Source:

Drunken Motorist Sentenced

A drunk driver who ran over and killed a 28-year-old towman trying to help a stranded motorist in Temecula, California, was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison. Danika Lee McGetrick pleaded guilty last month to DUI gross vehicular manslaughter for the 2017 death of Kyle Daniel Crull of Wildomar. No charges were dismissed under the plea agreement, which Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen certified, imposing the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. Source:
Memorial Signs Dedicated to Towmen
Honored by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
Towman Stabbed after Fatal Incident
Massachusetts man Philip Horner is being held without bail
Drunken Motorist Sentenced
Danika Lee McGetrick will serve four years for killing towman

Eight Sessions Highlight Conference

The Towing & Recovery Conference taking place at the 30th American Towman Exposition will feature eight information-packed seminars that tow bosses will not want to miss. Industry lecturers and trainers will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees over the three-day event, expanding their towing and recovery know-how.

The eight seminar topics to be covered are: Protecting Evidence Hold Vehicles; What NOT to Expect on a Recovery; Wreckers in Trouble; Towman/Fireman Cross Training 101; Synthetic Chain Vs. Steel Chain; Billing for Liquid Debris Cleanup—an Untapped Resource; and Dissecting the "Donnies."

Of particular interest will be the Towman/Fireman Cross Training 101 seminar, which will be presented in two segments Friday evening.

In the first 90-minute session of Cross Training 101, respected cross-trainer for the fire, rescue and towing disciplines Ron Moore will show how to organize and conduct a cross training exercise with the fire department. This will be followed by "Towmen and Firemen: Situations and Expertise," a second 90-minute session that teaches how fire and towing can rely on each other's knowledge and expertise in specific situations.

Both segments will present fresh information tow towmen and firefighters, alike.

The Towing & Recovery Conference will take place Nov. 16-17 of the American Towman Exposition at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Register today at

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Take Time Out

Every once in a while, I have to take time out for a moment of gratitude. It's OK, and it really helps, to reflect upon the blessings one has received in life.

My health, being blessed to work at something I love to do, a wonderful family, great work colleagues, a roof over my head—the blessings are endless.

Do you ever take time out to reflect on the good things? I'm here to tell you, it is one of the most beneficial things to do, especially when you're living through a stressful day.

Do it right now; you owe it to yourself. Close your eyes and reflect. Think about all the people and all the things that make you smile. You're allowed to be happy.

It's all a part of living, my friend.

--Charles Duke
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