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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 06 - December 12, 2017
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The Spirit Ride Represents All Towmen

SpiritRidecasket 0c722By Randall C. Resch

Having recently experienced the loss of San Diego tower and friend Fred Griffith and New Orleans, La. tow operator Macy Lee Alvey III, (killed seven days apart by DUI motorists with multiple convictions), I write to invite you to participate in a very special program important to tow companies and tow operators everywhere.

As towers continue to lose their lives for selfish and meaningless reasons, American Towman and B/A Products have launched the "Spirit Ride," an initiative effectively calling on motorists to observe the Move Over laws.

The Spirit Ride is designed to bring the world's towers together by transporting a custom-made memorial casket, "Spirit," throughout designated cities across America.

I spoke about the initiative at the Captains of Industry dinner during November's American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md.; I am passionate about this topic, and it's appropriate to stress its importance to everyone here at home and across the world with Spirit Ride.

Having counted and confirmed more than 250 tow-operator fatalities on American and Canada's highways; Spirit Ride is a way all towers and companies can participate in the message of Slow Down Move Over.

In another way to honor Griffith, Alvey, all our lost brothers and sisters and the world's first responder community as a whole, we at American Towman invite you, America's law enforcement community, as well as television stations throughout the country to attend events as it rolls across America.

Please visit American Towman's website, ATspiritride.com, to see what the rolling procession is about and what it takes to get involved.

If you're not available to physically participate in the rolling procession, you're invited to become a sponsor to support this event. Spirit Ride is a non-profit venture of American Towman Spirit Inc., a 501c3 charitable corporation, so sponsor fees are tax deductible and will help support all costs of the Spirit Ride project.

I wholeheartedly support Spirit Ride's message and I invite you to get actively involved. Check out Spirit Ride's website and jump into the convoy with your own spirit and both feet. Spirit Ride might just be that once-in-a-lifetime industry event you won't want to miss.

Here's wishing you all continued safety and survival on the world's highways.

Randall Resch is American Towman's and Tow Industry Week's Operations Editor, a former California police officer, tow business owner and retired civilian off-road instructor for Navy Special Warfare. Randall is an approved instructor for towers serving the California Highway Patrol's rotation contract. His course is approved by the California law enforcement community. He has written over 500 industry-related articles for print and on-line, and is a member of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame.
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