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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 15 - August 21, 2018
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The Protector

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By George L. Nitti

Stacy Richardson, owner of Wrecker 1 Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, gives God credit for where she is today.
"If it wasn't for God, I wouldn't be here," Richardson said.

Starting the company from the ground up between 2006-2007, Richardson left a couple of daycare businesses to embark on her towing business, which has grown remarkably since its inception.

Her interest in towing was spurred by her father, who had been in the trucking business when she was growing up.
"My Dad was a truck driver for 35 years and I was Daddy's girl," Richardson said. "I wanted to get into a business where I could make a difference, ensuring that all loved ones get home to their family members."

The first unit she purchased was a '98 Freightliner Classic with an NRC Quick Swap. Three years ago, she repainted it black and added imagery and words that expressed her thanks to God as well as her prayers for protection on the road.

She said that the image of Jesus on the back of the cab was inspired by a story called "Heaven is for Real." In this story, a four-year-old boy gets sick with appendicitis and has a near-death experience. When he comes back, he is shown a picture of Jesus created by a six-year-old Lithuanian girl and claims that he saw the same person in heaven that she had drawn.

On the side doors of the stark black-and-white unit is a large star, like a sheriff's badge, featuring the company name and its logo with the tag line, "We don't want an arm and a leg. We just want your tows."

Under the image of Jesus on the back of the cab are the words, "Psalms 121." Psalms give solace to take faith in the Lord. The unit's name, "The Protector," is also clearly written across the top of the cab and on its front side.

Richardson gets a lot of compliments on the truck and for her boldness.

"People say, 'Wow, you are bold to do that,' " Richardson said. "I have letters from people thanking me.

"Where does my help come from? The Lord!" Richardson said, emphatically.

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