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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 24 - May 30, 2017

Towmen Honor 'Angelo'

A procession of California towers made their way to the memorial for 58-year-old Baudelio "Angelo" Perez, owner of Angelo's Towing in Fresno. Perez was helping a stranded motorist when he was hit and killed. The towmen stated they hope to promote awareness of roadside workers and Move Over laws. The driver that killed Angelo did stop and is cooperating with authorities. Perez leaves behind a wife and three children. Source:
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Tow Company Fights Breast Cancer

When Mike Pool's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, he wanted to do something to support her fight, so he had one of their tow trucks painted pink in her honor. His wife Shelley didn't want the attention, so she told her husband he couldn't put her name anywhere on the truck. But, on the driver's side window, you'll see jelly beans in honor of her childhood nickname, "Jelly Bean." Shelley has been in remission for five years, but that pink tow truck is still making its rounds to support all those fighting breast cancer in the Texas Basin. Neal Pool Rekers partnered with Pink the Basin to continue giving back to the community. "We generate 5-percent revenue from this truck and every quarter it's given to Pink the Basin," said Pool. Source:

Hit Protecting Struck Motorist

A Carmichael, Calif., man died after he was struck by vehicles while walking in the roadway and a towman was seriously injured as he tried to warn motorists of the collision, May 18. The towman, a 57-year-old man from Marysville, stopped his tow truck behind the body that was lying in the roadway in an effort to prevent further injury to the pedestrian, police said. The towman suffered major injuries when he was also struck; he was taken to a nearby hospital. Source:
Towmen Honor ‘Angelo’
Procession is in memorial to fallen tow boss
Tow Company Fights Breast Cancer
Pink wrecker generates funds for charitable organization
Hit Protecting Struck Motorist
Suffered major injuries protecting body that was hit

Trainer David Lambert Passes

The towing industry is saddened by the passing of North American Towing Academy president David Lambert. A longtime veteran of towing, Lambert died of a heart attack May 16. He was 68.

David was a Vietnam veteran, serving his country for 6-1/2 years as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force and another 6 years as a controller with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lambert began towing in 1981. In 1986, he began a career as a road service technician in Florida and moved on to AAA national's road service department.

Lambert assisted in writing or editing several other tow operator training and certification programs including the University of Georgia's IITR Light-Duty and the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida's Light/Medium-duty. He was the lead-instructor for PWOF's L/M program for 11 years.

Lambert was a regular seminar presenter at the American Towman Exposition and served as field editor for American Towman Magazine for four years. A small family ceremony is planned.

Source: AT staff.
American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • May 24 - May 30, 2017

New Threat to Towers

Towmen are being alerted to yet another concern. Recently in Ohio, a police officer overdosed on the job (see News Page article) after coming into direct skin contact with a few grains of the drug Fentanyl—a very scary situation.

Tow operators who are often called in to haul vehicles that will eventually be used in police investigations are exposed to this same possibility.

It is of the utmost importance that towmen stay vigilant while on the job, especially in situations where drug use or transport may be involved.

According to a recent release by the Statewide Towing Association in Massachusetts:

"Carfentanil and/or Fentanyl can be used as a cutting agent in heroin or it can be pressed into a pill that looks like an ordinary aspirin or Vicodin pill. So the drug you encounter today can have Fentanyl in it and you would never know it."

It is very important that towmen use latex gloves and not touch or attempt to move any pill or powder if you see it. Both drugs can kill you if they touch your skin or are inhaled.

The Drug Enforcement Agency issued a bulletin on Sept. 22, 2016, about the dangers of contact with these drugs. Go to to find out more.
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