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Sensibar is Finalist for Award

Author Jesse Sensibar is a Flagstaff, Arizona, Viola Awards finalist in storytelling for his book, "Blood in the Asphalt: Prayers from the Highway," a poignant look at highway death memorials he would encounter as a towman. The 11th annual Viola Awards celebrates excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. Thirty-eight finalists were chosen by a panel of former winners from a pool of nominations made by community members. The finalists have made positive contributions to their fields and encompass an essential aspect of Flagstaff's culture, according to a report. Source:
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Vigil Held for Tripp by Family, Friends

The family and friends of Thomas Tripp are still coming to terms with his death one year later. Tripp was a towman for Mike's Wrecker in Saginaw, Michigan, and he was hit and killed by a drunk driver while he was attending to a vehicle on Dixie Highway in Bridgeport on Jan. 10, 2018. "It's been really hard. I mean I'm still in counseling over it," said Peter Tripp, brother. "It was a very, very difficult year," said Bill Giorgis, president of Mike's Wrecker. The spot is marked with a cross and adorned with some of his favorite things and it is where his loved ones paid tribute to the fallen towman. Source:

No Contest Plea in [b]Towman’s Death

Sybil Warrick pleaded no contest to the charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of towman Scott Bowles, who was killed roadside May 11, 2017. Bowles was killed while loading a disabled vehicle onto the back of his tow truck off Interstate 14 in Harker Heights, Texas. "She pled no contest and said in court if she could take back what happened, she would—that she was truly sorry," widow Stephanie Bowles said. Warrick's sentencing was set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 19. Source:
Vigil Held for Tripp by Family, Friends
Fallen towman killed roadside one year ago memorialized
Sensibar is Finalist for Award
Up for book on towman memorials along the highways
No Contest Plea in Towman’s Death
Sybil Warrick will be sentenced February 19 in Texas

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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Guardian Angle™ from B/A

B-A Products copy 96eb2B/A Products' Guardian Angle is designed to do several things: provide reinforcement to the corners of trailer or box trucks when uprighting overturns with flat or round synthetic web slings. The company said it provides a smooth surface for synthetic web slings to contact and slide allowing the strap to "find home" when tension is applied reducing the possibility of the strap catching on the 90-degree edge of your typical aluminum angle and rolling it away from the trailer. Learn about this and more of B/A Products' line at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 8-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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