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

New Rotator Hits the Road

00 b5ab9By GEORGE L. NITTI

Fresh off the floor from the American Towman Expo in Baltimore, Dawson's Body Shop & Towing's 2015 Kenworth W900B with a NRC 50/65 CSR finally hit the road last month.

"We started the purchase in April of 2014, and took delivery of the truck two weeks before the Baltimore show," said Ron Dawson Jr., the son of owner Ron Dawson Sr., a member of the Towman Order. The company, in business since 1982, comprises a fleet of 28 trucks that span light- to heavy-duty and several Landolls and lowboy trailers.

This composite sliding rotator was purchased from Battelini Wrecker Sales in New Jersey and was customized, most notably with the addition of a redesigned boom by NRC, Simard twin-steer, optional drag winches, two extra compartments and a quick-release underlift.

The graphics, with primary colors red and blue serving as the backdrop, were the creation of Mark Long from Razor Graphics, a company based out of Fredericksburg, Va. The lettering on the truck was completed a week after the show.

The design process began with a computer rendering. After previewing and tweaking the design with Dawson's input, a digital wrap was created.

"I was looking for a tribal-themed look," said Dawson. "All of our trucks have checkered patterns on them, which this one has as well. [Long] came up with a pattern, and we went with it."

The checkered pattern has looping blue streaks that blend in; the truck has custom pinstriping and an eye-catching logo.

"So far we haven't had any problems. It's a great truck," said Dawson.

A new truck to start the New Year.

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Tribute of the Highest Order

0 b3a03George L. Nitti

For those in the towing industry, loyalties run deep to all first responders, including our servicemen and women, EMTs, firefighters and police.

According to Steve Fusaro, owner of K&S Towing and Recovery of Havertown, Pennsylvania, his vision was to create a tribute truck with their 2016 Peterbilt 567/Jerr-Dan JFB 50-ton body.

"I was a paid paramedic and volunteer fireman," Fusaro said, "and have family members who serve or have served in the military. I don't feel that law enforcement always gets the respect they deserve."

Fusaro shared his ideas with Killer Kreations of Philadelphia who then sketched out a design.

"I told Fred, the designer, what I wanted and he sketched it out. He did the work in two parts, first on the front and then on the back. It took two months to complete the project," Fusaro said.

The result was an original, eye-catching work of art that gives tribute of the highest order to all those who serve and protect.

The entire unit is a feast for the eyes. "Everybody blows their horns at it," Fusaro said.

On one side of the unit there is a police car, firetruck, ambulance and an emergency medical helicopter, all artistically depicted in front of a NYC landscape that includes the Twin Towers.

"A few weeks ago, a medical helicopter went down and crashed in the Delaware, killing the pilot. We had his name, Michael Murphy, put on the side door. Also we have a couple of yellow ribbons on the back that give tribute to our troops and 9/11."

On the other side of the unit is a tribute to our military, with two infantrymen representing the Navy and Army in combat. Both men are related to Fusaro, who had their names included in the design. Military helicopters, planes and boats are also shown in this tribute.

The most stunning image of all is on the hood, where a bald eagle sits atop the American flag, bringing this patriotic design together with other stars and stripes throughout.

Protecting and serving our country never looked so good.

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