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Towman hit on I-41 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, Jan. 11.
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Author of book on towman highway memorials up for Viola Award
Tractor-trailer with an 80,000-lbs. concrete beam rolled-over
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Tow Owner Charged After Raid

Harold's Towing of West Memphis, Arkansas, is back in business, even after police raided the towing company and found guns, drugs and a few other surprises. Police said owner Harold Beasley had been on their radar as investigators said towing and recovery is only a small part of his business. A raid found about 21 grams of meth, guns, body armor and some hallucinogenic mushrooms at the business. Beasley was arrested and hit with six felony charges ranging from drug possession to weapons violations. He posted bond after the arrest. Source:
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Cops Bust Driver Who Fled Towman

Police have arrested a motorist they say sped off from a city tow truck driver as an angry mob of Brooklyn, New York, residents helped him escape while assailing the city employee with racially tinged taunts. Yisroel Friedlander surrendered to cops on Monday , officials said Tuesday. Cops charged him with obstructing government administration and criminal mischief for breaking his car free from a set of NYPD tow bars on Jan. 10. A mob of onlookers were caught on video encouraging Friedlander to drive off, though the tow bars were deployed. The onlookers then began to belittle the towman, calling him "a loser" and saying the African American city employee "should work in Harlem." Source:

Fallen Towman Hettmann Honored

More than 460 semitrailers, school buses, concrete mixers and heavy-duty wreckers came together in DePere, Wisconsin, Monday to honor towman Jesse Hettmann who was struck and killed Friday on I-41 in Ashwaubenon. "It's absolutely terrific to see the support from the community and various organizations and different truck drivers and different companies show support for my brother, who braved his life out on the road, much like these men and women do," said Matt Hettmann, Jesse's older brother. Source:
Cops Bust Driver Who Fled Towman
Surrendered to cops after racially-charged incident
Tow Owner Charged After Raid
Raid yielded meth, guns, body armor and some mushrooms
Fallen Towman Hettmann Honored
More than 460 vehicles take part in salute to Wisconsin towman

It Takes a Towman

A woman in Hawthorne, New York, is lucky to be alive thanks to a towman and some heroic work by first responders.

Mary Slavik, who is a paraplegic and in a wheelchair, tried to use a chair lift from her basement apartment Saturday and got stuck for nearly six hours.

"All of a sudden, I heard a screech and a boom. I thought there was an accident on 9A," she said.

Slavik and her aide called 911, but EMS, the Westchester County technical rescue team and multiple fire departments from Hawthorne to Pleasantville were unsuccessful getting her off the lift. They then came up with a successful plan to call a tow truck and use its boom to pick her and her wheelchair off the lift.
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The Science of Recovery

I love watching recovery presentations and videos. There have been times that I've sat for hours watching DVR'd "Highway Thru Hell" episodes featuring Jamie Davis Motor Trucking up in Canada and their travails on the "Coq" (Coquihalla Highway) in extreme, treacherous conditions. This week, we'll have another "Recovery Roundup" on ATTV featuring the work of Ron Pratt of Midwest Truck Sales & Service in Scott City, Missouri.

I'm of the mind that there's always something that even the most experienced towman can pick up from recovery presentations. It's one reason why the WreckMaster trainings are always packed at our three trade shows.

The work that towmen do is highly technical and specialized; this is something I don't think the general public understands. There's a degree of math and science that's applied to recoveries that's almost "Harvard-like."

Just allow me to say that this is one columnist who appreciates the work that you do. Like I mentioned in my column last week, as our publications are industry trade publications, they're not targeted to the general public so they can see the many technical aspects involved in your work.

Maybe it's time for more "Highway Thru Hells" and the like.

--Charles Duke
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