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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 24 - May 30, 2017

Fired Towman Honored as Hero

The Clark County (Nev.) Fire Department soon will honor a tower with a citizen hero award for an act of heroism that also got him fired. In March, Anthony Garcia used his truck to block a car he feared would barrel into traffic on the Las Vegas Strip. The driver suffered a medical episode and was slamming against the sidewall. Garcia sideswiped his truck against the car, stopping it. Firefighter Travis Haldeman said Garcia may have saved lots of people from danger. Garcia's former employer, Quality Towing, had no comment. Source:
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Alleged DUI Driver Kills Towman

A 48-year-old Baltimore, Md., man died after he was struck by a car in Linthicum Wednesday afternoon. Police said Thomas Anthony Flayhart, a tower for Generations Auto Safetow, was standing behind his truck as he was preparing to tow a disabled vehicle when a car driven by Brian Wayne Weatherley, 31, hit him and the truck from behind. Flayhart was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he ultimately died of his injuries, police said. Weatherley was taken to Harbor Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, police said. Investigators said Weatherley was believed to be inebriated at the time of the crash and failed to slow down to avoid the crash. An investigation is ongoing and charges against Weatherley are pending. Source:

Civilian Saves Trapped Tower

A Good Samaritan in Yonkers, N.Y., is being commended after jumping into action to help a tower who was trapped when his tow truck rolled backward onto the lower part of his leg. People heard towman Leonardo Mello screaming for help about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Numerous residents rushed out and called 911. Luis Perez says no one knew how to drive stick shift to try and move the truck, but he jumped in and gave it a shot. Mello is thankful for all the help, and will be on crutches a few weeks. Source:
Fired Towman Honored as Hero
Tower used his truck to snare a runaway car
Alleged DUI Driver Kills Towman
Tower was struck on city streets loading a vehicle
Civilian Saves Trapped Tower
Jumped in to move truck off trapped operator

Trainer David Lambert Passes

The towing industry is saddened by the passing of North American Towing Academy president David Lambert. A longtime veteran of towing, Lambert died of a heart attack May 16. He was 68.

David was a Vietnam veteran, serving his country for 6-1/2 years as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force and another 6 years as a controller with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lambert began towing in 1981. In 1986, he began a career as a road service technician in Florida and moved on to AAA national's road service department.

Lambert assisted in writing or editing several other tow operator training and certification programs including the University of Georgia's IITR Light-Duty and the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida's Light/Medium-duty. He was the lead-instructor for PWOF's L/M program for 11 years.

Lambert was a regular seminar presenter at the American Towman Exposition and served as field editor for American Towman Magazine for four years. A small family ceremony is planned.

Source: AT staff.
Towing Tragedies continue to Happen
American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • May 24 - May 30, 2017

New Threat to Towers

Towmen are being alerted to yet another concern. Recently in Ohio, a police officer overdosed on the job (see News Page article) after coming into direct skin contact with a few grains of the drug Fentanyl—a very scary situation.

Tow operators who are often called in to haul vehicles that will eventually be used in police investigations are exposed to this same possibility.

It is of the utmost importance that towmen stay vigilant while on the job, especially in situations where drug use or transport may be involved.

According to a recent release by the Statewide Towing Association in Massachusetts:

"Carfentanil and/or Fentanyl can be used as a cutting agent in heroin or it can be pressed into a pill that looks like an ordinary aspirin or Vicodin pill. So the drug you encounter today can have Fentanyl in it and you would never know it."

It is very important that towmen use latex gloves and not touch or attempt to move any pill or powder if you see it. Both drugs can kill you if they touch your skin or are inhaled.

The Drug Enforcement Agency issued a bulletin on Sept. 22, 2016, about the dangers of contact with these drugs. Go to to find out more.
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