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Wranglin' A Jeep

0 62fb0By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

On June 2, 2018, Aldrich Auto Body & Repair of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, responded to a police call to recover a stolen vehicle.

"We received a call from the Fitchburg Police Department at 10:45 a.m. about a Jeep Wrangler that was reported stolen and was discovered on Fisher Road in Fitchburg in someone's back yard laying on its side," said owner Angel Aldrich.

Operator Alex Labell got the call and was the first driver that responded. He went out in the company's 2007 Ford F-450 with a Jerr-Dan MPL self-loader.
He arrived and found that the Jeep had gone off a wall before landing on its passenger side.

"In order to not do any more damage to the property or the Jeep, he called me to respond with the rotator," said Aldrich. "He also called for a flatbed."

Aldrich responded in his 2012 NRC 40/50 Sliding Rotator mounted on a 389 Peterbilt and operator Stephen Brown responded with their 2010 International with a Vulcan 21'steel 6k LCG bed.

Aldrich, Brown and Labell did a walk-around survey of the scene. Aldrich then staged the rotator for the recovery and Brown positioned the flatbed to receive the casualty.

Labell and Brown then rigged the Jeep for the recovery. They ran one line from the rotator to a sling through the front driver's side rim and the other line to a strap wrapped through the back roll cage.

"I was at the controls of the rotator," said Aldrich. "Once it was rigged, I first uprighted the Jeep. I then lifted it up out of the yard and over the wall and placed it on the Vulcan flatbed."

Using the rotator, no further damaged was done to the Jeep.

Stephen strapped it down and brought the Jeep back to Aldrich Auto Body's yard.

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