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Fire Truck Stuck in Muck

0 39af2By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Michael and Barbara McGuire started McGuire's Towing & Recovery in October of 1988. Based in Ashland, Kentucky, the family business now is owned by the McGuires and their sons Sam and Steven.

On Feb. 22, 2018, McGuire's received a call from the Boyd County Dispatch Center to winch out a stuck fire truck.

Brothers Sam and Steve responded with operator Jon Napier, all 6/7 WreckMasters. They drove to the scene with their 2007 Peterbilt/Century 1060 60-ton and their 2018 Peterbilt 389/Century 1150 50-ton rotator.

When they arrived, they found the fire truck stuck wheel deep in the muck. After surveying the scene, Sam rigged the rear and Jon and Steve rigged the front.

They rigged the 1060 for a low pull with a three-part line to the front end of the fire truck and used rim slings to attach to the right rear wheel so the 1150 could pick the casualty up.

"I swung the 1150 rotator's boom over to the passenger side of the casualty to lift the rear end straight up," Sam said. "As we picked it up with the 1150 rotator, we began to winch out the casualty with the 1060.

"Once the fire truck was up so far, we rigged the drag winch to the left rear wheel and slid the rear of the fire truck into the roadway. Once the rear end was on the roadway, we continued to pull the front end up and onto the road."

The fluids were checked and the Summit-Ironville Fire Department decided to drive it back to their station. Very little damage was done to the fire truck.

As I was in contact with Sam in the process of writing this, the McGuire family was blessed with news that their new arrival was going to be a baby girl. Pink smoke billowing from the stacks of their 1998 Peterbilt/Century 9055 told the world that Baby McGuire will be a girl, due in July. Congratulations in advance to the McGuire Family!

Editor's Note: Look for the print version in an upcoming issue of American Towman Magazine.

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