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Absorbents help clean up the mess on Route 24
New space increases capacity more than 50-percent
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“Spirit,” the casket of the Spirit Ride, is being escorted by members of various New Jersey police departments after leaving Memorial Field in Rutherford, New Jersey, Oct. 17. The casket led a procession of tow trucks after a ceremony hosted by Nick Testa and Nick’s Towing Service in Rutherford. Five Spirit Ride ceremonies are on tap for this week in Piscataway, Howell, Burlington and Delran, New Jersey, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hero Towman Saves a Man's Life

Prayer saves.

Just ask Salvador Collazo. The tow truck driver was on his way to church for a little devotion last month when he happened upon a man having a heart attack on a Bronx, New York, street. He gave the stranger CPR until paramedics arrived.

"It's emotional," Collazo, 35, said recently after reuniting at a Bronx hospital with Mark Solomon, 53, the man whose life he saved.

"You never expect this. I wasn't looking for any praise. I didn't know the outcome of the patient when I handed him over to the EMS. I just kept moving and went on with my day."

As fate would have it, Collazo has been a trained paramedic for 17 years, and knew just what to do that morning when he saw Solomon in distress on Sept. 14.

He gave Solomon chest compressions while another bystander called 911.

Solomon, an MTA night security guard, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Brooks, wanted to thank Collazo for his divine intervention, but the humble Collazo climbed back into his tow truck and left the scene moments after paramedics arrived. No one got his name or contact information.

Brooks made it her mission to find Solomon's "angel." She even visited all of the local tow truck companies looking for the mystery man.

When that failed, she appealed to a local newspaper, which expressed her gratitude in a story last week about Solomon's good fortune.

A friend of Collazo's saw the story and put two and two together. Days later, Collazo, bearing flowers, was at Solomon's bedside.


Friends Mourn Slain Towman

Ask anyone who Alfredo Palencia was, and the words "laughter, happy, always smiling," come up. "He's someone who brought laughter to our company," a co-worker said of Palencia, a 26-year-old towman, who was killed while doing his job Oct. 6.

"Everybody loved Alfredo," said Tracy Miller, who worked with him at Go Tow. "Alfredo could make anyone laugh. You couldn't be depressed around Alfredo. He was happy all the time."

Phoenix, Arizona, police say Palencia was removing a car from an apartment complex when he was confronted by the suspect, who shot him and fled.

Phoenix police later arrested Billy Wayne West Jr., 27, in connection with the fatal shooting on a charge of suspicion of first-degree murder.


Daimler Trucks Donates [b]to United Way

Daimler Trucks North America's truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, North Carolina, donated $100,000 to the Rowan County Chapter of United Way, along with $20,000 in donations to seven other North Carolina non-profits.

"Our roughly 1,400 employees at the Cleveland plant take pride in supporting our community," said Henning Bruns, the plant's general manager. "We're glad to partner with these groups and help make a difference."

The other groups include: Cleveland Elementary School, Cleveland; German Language and Culture Foundation, Charlotte; RCCC Foundation of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Rowan Museum, both in Salisbury; Statesville Family YMCA Bright Beginnings, Statesville; Fuzion Teen Center, Mooresville; and Wreaths Across America.


General Hayden to Keynote Truck Show

General Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will serve as keynote speaker at The Work Truck Show 2018. His address will take place on March 8 as part of the President's Breakfast & NTEA Annual Meeting.

The Work Truck Show is scheduled March 6-9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"This is one of the most relevant keynote addresses you will have the opportunity to hear," said Todd Davis, 2018 NTEA Convention chairman, and VP of Phenix Enterprises Inc. "General Hayden is an expert on intelligence matters like cyber security, government surveillance and geopolitics, and he has dedicated his life to protecting both American security and liberty. He will offer an invaluable leadership perspective on navigating through key challenges industry businesses face today."

A ticket is required to attend the President's Breakfast, which is sponsored by Ford Commercial Vehicles. To purchase a ticket and register for the Show, visit


Towing Fees Could Increase

The Austin (Texas) Towing Association, which contracts with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, wants to pay drivers $100 more per tow, raising the rate to $275.

The idea is to give tow companies extra incentive to respond faster and get traffic moving.

"My bottom line is being squeezed to sometimes I'm not even covering my costs," said Patricia Diffee, owner of Bulldog Recovery. If approved by the Travis County Commissioners Court, the hike is expected to take effect in January.

The Austin Police Department uses AutoReturn instead of a rotation list, which allows officers to contact the closest available tow truck driver. APD says it has drastically reduced the average wait time from about 20 to 30 minutes to less than 8 minutes.


Towman Assists with Arrest

A Moses Lake, Washington, officer got an unexpected assist from a good Samaritan: a tow truck driver who just happened to be passing by.

Body cam footage showed the officer when he spotted a wanted felon walking on the side of the road. The felon, Jeremiah Hamilton, took off running; the officer was able to catch up to him and tackled him to the ground.

The officer got a hand from passing towman Juan Pineda, who kept Hamilton from escaping.

"I noticed an officer and I noticed that he was by himself," Pineda said, "You could tell that he needed help. Nobody stopped so I pulled over and turned my lights on and went to help him. I grabbed his [Hamilton's] legs and he never got out of it."

Pineda says he was scared the man would get away so he held Hamilton's legs down until backup arrived. The officer thanked Pineda, who just told him he had to get back to work.

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