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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 12 - December 18, 2018

Drone Helps Catch [b]Tow Truck Thief

A man allegedly stole a tow truck in Mandan, North Dakota, on Monday then drove it into a slough as he attempted to flee from police. Mandan police received a report of a stolen tow truck. A state trooper saw the truck on I-94 a short time later and tried to stop it. The driver didn't stop, and drove the tow truck off the road into a field. A Highway Patrol airplane and a sheriff's office drone found the suspect as officers closed in on his location and arrested him. Source:
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Ace’s Towing Hosting ‘Light Up The Night’

Ace's Towing of Lyndonville, Vermont, will host the second annual Light Up The Night Holiday Parade this Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. The event will kick off from the old Kennametal building on Main Street and end at Bandstand Park. The entry is $20 for trucks to enter. Trucks can be registered through Ace's ahead of time using their Facebook page and the night of the event Proceeds from the event will once again be donated to the nonprofit HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday), which assists people throughout the region with basic needs from a food pantry to clothing and more. "We are expecting what we had last year at least," said Brandy Little, who co-owns Ace's Towing with her husband, Jeremiah. Source:

Denny's Announces Free Holiday Program

From Dec. 14 through Jan. 1, Denny's Wrecker of Pocatello, Idaho, will be offering free towing for people who have had too much to drink and are unsure of their ability to drive safely. There is no charge for this holiday service. Those needing the service can call their dispatch number, 208-237-0671, 24 hours a day. Denny's will provide a unit to take both the person and their vehicle home with no questions asked. Source:
Ace’s Towing Hosting “Light Up The Night”
Proceeds from event to benefit area non-profit
Drone Helps Catch Tow Truck Thief
Highway Patrol and sheriff’s office catch suspect in slough
Denny's Announces Free Holiday Program
Offering free tows for intoxicated motorists, Dec. 14 – Jan. 1

B&B’s Bill Bottoms Dies

Tow industry icon William "Bill" Bottoms, 77, passed away at his home Dec. 7. He suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week.

Bottoms owned B&B Industries in Elkhart, Indiana, and was the former owner of Challenger Manufacturing. In 1987, he was inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame.

A statement on the company's Facebook page said:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I write these words tonight. Unfortunately, B&B Industries has lost its beloved founder and owner Bill Bottoms. Bill has passed away suddenly after suffering a massive stroke Sunday night. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. He was a true legend in the towing industry, a creative innovator, and a great leader. The entire Bottoms family thanks all of you for your prayers and support."

Bottoms' funeral is today (December 10), 2 p.m. at McGann Hay Granger Chapel in Granger, Indiana. The family asked for those wishing to make memorial donations to consider St. Joseph County Humane Society in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Ignorance Across the Airwaves

It's been a very long time since I've listened to morning radio—and I've never been a fan of the so-called "shock jocks." Oftentimes, in an effort to be controversial, some morning jocks will make statements that are offensive and ill-informed, and they help play a negative role in the nation's discourse.

A morning radio personality in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in a local newspaper bashing the Move Over law. Judi Franco, co-host of New Jersey WKXW's Dennis & Judi Show, wrote:

"It's a silly law that requires a driver to move over when they see police, maintenance, tow truck and other emergency vehicles and personnel on the shoulder. Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road. If you can move over safely, you probably will. But it's not always safe to ... A dead cop is sad. But a horrible tragedy doesn't warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce."

I'd like for Franco to display such a cavalier attitude to the law in front of the families of cops, towmen, firemen and other first responders that have been killed due to motorists not pulling over. Did those obeying the law perhaps delay her the day she wrote this, causing her to pass up getting her morning latte as she was running late for her show?

In the four years I've been back in the industry, this is the very first time I've heard anyone speak out against the Move Over law. I hope it is the very LAST time I hear such ignorance.

--Charles Duke
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Python Introduced at [b]AT Expo

DSC 0005 87fa2Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing introduced its new light-duty Python at the American Towman Exposition XXX last month.

The new Dynamic Python light-duty unit has a 5,000-lbs. wheel lift with 84" of reach. The Python boom has a vertically mounted single-deck cylinder for a quicker hookup. The boom is mounted right next to the cab and dropped below the deck, providing more visibility and reduces weight transfer to the rear wheels.

This new design keeps more weight on the front axle, which provides increased stability. The company said the Python comes with the largest toolboxes in the industry and has easy access to the hydraulics.

The Python comes standard with an all-steel one-piece body; lighter, rust-resistant poly fenders are an option. The Dynamic Python is available as a wheel lift, drag winch, or with a recovery boom with single- or dual-winch options.
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