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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 29 - April 04, 2017

Abandoneds Filling Tow Lot

An Anchorage, Alaska, tow company says it's picking up an unusually high number of abandoned vehicles. "People are buying vehicles and they're not registering them in their names and they're abandoning them," said Star France with AK Towing. France said on average the company brings in six campers, motor homes or deserted vehicles daily. France says its lot is almost at capacity. "It used to be that you could take your car to the scrap yard and the scrap yard would pay you for the metal. They don't do that anymore," she said. Source:
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Sgt. Sirko, left, and Spc. Gardiner. Credit - 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Soldiers Save Towman's Life

Two soldiers from the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade in Hawaii are being recommended for Soldier's Medals for helping to save the life of a towman who had been hit by a vehicle. Sgt. Timothy Sirko went to pick up Spc. Tyler Gardiner on the morning of Feb. 23 because Gardiner had been rear-ended by another vehicle on Lyman Road and needed a ride. The towman had arrived at the scene. Suddenly, they heard tires squealing, a loud crash and the towman screaming. Gardiner and Sirko rushed to the towman, Valentino Tua, who had been hit by a passing vehicle. Sirko noticed Tua's legs were clearly broken. Dragging him to a patch of grass about 10 feet away, they applied pressure to stop the bleeding and kept him conscious until the ambulance arrived. Source:

Joanna Stanley Jones Passes

Joanna Stanley Jones, 55, passed away March 22 at her home. Jones and her husband, Dean, owned and operated Brunswick Towing and Auto Repair in Shallotte, N.C. She is survived by her mother, Jan Stanley, her husband, Dean, two children, Jennifer Faircloth and Bobby Dean Jones of Shallotte, three grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. Source:
Soldiers Save Towman’s Life
Heroic actions keep struck towman alive until ambulance arrived
Abandoneds Filling Tow Lot
Tow company says lot is almost at capacity due to abandoned vehicles
Joanna Stanley Jones Passes
North Carolinian tow woman was 55

Panel Endorses [b]Tow Contract

A Modesto (Calif.) City Council committee unanimously forwarded a proposed contract that governs police impounds to the full council for adoption.

They are recommending a new system that will dispatch the tow trucks be phased in over 90 days to give towing companies time to make the transition.

Modesto's police chief will meet with towing companies that have concerns about implementing the contract during that time. Fee increases under the contract for certain offenses will occur, such as towing and storage.

The contract would be between the city and towing companies that perform nonconsensual tows and replaces a contract that expires April 13. Police can have cars towed for such offenses as driving under the influence, driving without a license or with expired registration or driving on a suspended or revoked license.

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American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • March 29 - April 04, 2017

Perilous Times

A grenade was found in a car in Columbus, Ohio, after a tow truck driver arrived on scene to tow a car. In Melvindale, Mich., a police officer was accused of hitting a tower and then leaving the scene. And in Joplin, Mo., a chunk of asphalt was hurled into the cab of a tow truck.

These are three news reports I reviewed that happened over a span of two days. Add in the various violent attempted repo stories and distracted or under-the-influence motorists crashing into tow trucks, and you have the recipe for unparalleled peril.

Yes, this is my semi-annual "Be safe out there" column; but with all the chaos and aggression that's out on the roads right now, I implore all tow operators to be EXTRA careful.

You just want to do a job; yet people are acting up on a constant these days. Don't be a victim of the madness.
--Charles Duke
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