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Tom Brennan, ESTRA president and owner of T&T Towing, speaks at the fifth annual training session with multiple public safety agencies in Cohoes, New York. Photo credit: Lauren Halligan, Digital First Media

ESTRA, T&T Towing Conduct Training

Multiple public safety agencies recently gathered in Cohoes, New York, for an on-site cross training session. The Cohoes fire and police departments hosted the fifth annual event, with the continued support of Cohoes-based T&T Towing and the Empire State Towing & Recovery Association.

State police, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Thruway Authority, and other first responder agencies took part in the training, which included multiple vehicle extrications including heavy vehicles donated by several businesses.

This year's session focused on New York's Move Over law, accident victim extrication and utilizing special equipment for entrapment and oversized vehicle removal during entrapment.


Beacon Funding, Quest TowNetwork Partner

Beacon Funding has announced its partnership with Quest TowNetwork and the launch of Quest Roadside Rewards, a program the company says provides enhanced financing options to providers in the Quest TowNetwork.

"Quest has a strong reputation in the roadside assistance marketplace and continues to build a very high-quality network of towing providers," said Toby McDonough, Beacon Funding president. "Beacon Funding is eager to help Quest's towing provider network grow its truck fleet through our competitive, flexible, and convenient truck financing programs. Our goal is to make it easier for Quest providers to acquire more trucks, take more calls, and grow their revenue."

By partnering with Beacon, Quest TowNetwork said they will be able to encourage providers to grow with additional trucks and communicate the benefits of being a provider to Beacon's existing towing clients.

"Quest's partnership with Beacon Funding will give our service providers a simple, seamless way to finance their equipment purchases and grow their business," said Quest GM/Operating Partner John C. Bowen.


Harvey Cornwell Passes

Retired towman Harvey Lee Cornwell of Huntingtown, Maryland, passed away Nov. 4. He was 88.

Cornwell joined the United States Army in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1954. He married Betty Rudolph in 1969 and they lived in Forestville and Upper Marlboro before moving to Huntingtown.

Cornwell owned and operated several service stations and Cornwell's Towing Service in Upper Marlboro, retiring in 1994. Cornwell is survived by his wife, Betty, two sisters, one brother, sons Harvey Lee Cornwell and Nick Galyean, daughters Sharon Maul and Debra Galyean, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Richard Cornwell and brother Raymond Cornwell.


Towman Jackie Ward Killed on Track

Towman and racer Jackie Ward, owner of Grand Strand Towing in Myrtle Beach, was killed after crashing into a wall on a turn following a collision during a race, according to a racetrack official.

Nearly 200 people gathered in chilly weather Nov. 11 at Myrtle Beach Speedway the following morning.

"(W)e lost a fellow racer and a great friend of ours at Myrtle Beach Speedway," a racetrack representative wrote on Facebook. "Jackie Ward was a part of the racing community and our family at the speedway, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, pit crew, friends, fans and fellow racers."

Ward was competing in the SELLM Challenger Feature Event at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

"Jackie was a very, very nice guy," said Hunter Thomas, co-founder and editor of the NASCAR news outlet "Everyone really enjoyed talking to him, and he's going to be so deeply missed at Myrtle Beach Speedway."


Damage Appraisal Course at STCC

Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts, will offer a certified auto damage appraisal course beginning Nov. 28. The 60-hour course is designed to train insurance claims professionals and auto body technicians for the Massachusetts Auto Damage Appraisers License Examination.

The idea for the course came from Bill Johnson who owns Pleasant Street Auto Body & Repair, with locations in South Hadley and Belchertown.

"STCC changed my life," Johnson said. "I took the course in the late '70s. I never attended college. I took this one course, and I got my appraiser's license, which allowed me to open my body shop. It allowed me to expand into the mechanical, towing and other business entities. It truly was a life-changing experience."

Johnson, who is also a STCC board member, said people who complete the certificate and obtain an appraiser's license will be in demand in the job market.

Twenty sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., through Feb. 8.


Tow Truck Displays WWII Veterans

Though he never served in the armed forces, Steven Rhinehart wants to make sure the stories of Reedsburg, Wisconsin-area veterans who served in World War II are shared with the community.

Rhinehart owns Steve's Auto Service in Reedsburg and remodeled his heavy-duty tow truck with different pictures from the conflict to help keep the memory of those veterans alive. Rhinehart said the pictures primarily have come from his family photo album and from a friend who served in WWII.

"It's for the veterans in honor of what they have done and how they have served," he said. "They have given up a lot."

The truck has received positive reactions from the Reedsburg community since its debut in this year's Reedsburg's Butterfest parade, Rhinehart said. He takes the truck out about once every two weeks when providing towing services. He's happy to tell customers the stories of any of the veterans pictured on the truck when asked.

"It's very heroic to every one of them and what they did to serve the country," he said.

While his tow truck mainly features pictures from WWII, Rhinehart has thought about adding other pictures to represent veterans from Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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