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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 23 - August 29, 2017

In Loving Memory of 'AJ'

0 01157By George L. Nitti

AJ, whose full name was Hicham Najdi, was towing for Virginia-based Fairfax Towing & Recovery in 2014 when he was struck and killed while prepping a disabled vehicle on I-495.

"AJ was all around fun to be around, always joking, making people laugh," said manager Dan Strouth. "He was a really good guy; worked really hard."

As a dedication to AJ and in memory of the fallen, the company purchased a 2015 Dodge 4500 with a Jerr-Dan MPL 40 wheel-lift. The unit was entered in the Light-Duty class in the American Wrecker Pageant at the American Towman Expo in Baltimore, Md., last November.

What stands out first and foremost is the memoriam on the boom that includes a newspaper clipping on AJ along with a dedication to the fallen. There's also a graphic of several first responders standing together promoting Move Over.

The lettering, created by Dean Designs of Fredericksburg, is compelling along the side of the truck and the company name on the hood evokes flair and creativity.

"This lettering is on all of our trucks," said Strouth, "but we wanted to do something different with this one. The bright orange and its many shades and shapes serve as the background. There are also diamond plates that run from the door to the front of the hood."

This dedication to AJ serves as a reminder of the perils that can take place on the road, especially for those serving on the white line.

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Wrapped in Chains

0 b6e81By George L. Nitti

Although images of tow chains are commonly found on tow trucks, it is unique to find them covering an entire unit from top to bottom.

Dowhy Towing and Recovery of Kearney, Neb., prides itself on the look of their chain-themed trucks that span light- to heavy-duty.

Owner Logan Dowhy opened his fast growing business in 2010.

"I've been obsessed with chains," Dowhy said. "I even have a tattoo of one on my arm. I wanted something to symbolize what I do."

Their 1989 Peterbilt 377 backed with a Century 1055 grabs attention with its large chains and arresting black and orange scheme.

"We want to stand out over the competition," Dowhy said. "Often when others are requesting a truck, they ask for the 'black and orange one with the chains.' They don't refer to us by our name."

Dowhy added that the chains are printed on 8' strips of vinyl and then cut by hand and applied to the trucks randomly.

"Technically, it is not a wrap. They are reflective decals," he said.

"At first we were going to put the company name, which is written in a chrome diamond tread, on the black background," Dowhy said. "But then we added the orange directly around it, and that made the difference."

This unit has special history: it was originally purchased by Tom John's Towing and Transport in California, who used it, in part, to move cars around movie sets in Hollywood. It was even spotlighted in the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds."

"The company has contacted me a couple of times since we purchased it, wanting to buy it back for sentimental reasons," Dowhy said.

The boom is also larger, with a hydraulic system that Dowhy believes is capable of lifting 80 tons.

He said, "We state 60 tons, which is written on the hydraulic; but I know it can lift more than that. We have it listed as a 50-ton rotator."

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