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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 19 - July 25, 2017

Vermont Tow Company Fined

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources last Thursday announced that Blakeman's Towing and Recovery in South Royalton has been assessed a $25,000 fine for operating an unpermitted salvage yard and improperly managing hazardous waste. Vermont ANR in 2016 went to state Environmental Court to compel the business to cease operations and clean up the waste, and the two parties reached a settlement that involved a $25,000 fine, the release said. Blakeman's is also required to cease salvage yard operations until permits and compliance with other regulations are in order. Source:
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Suspect in Hit and Run Arraigned

Anthony Mangano, suspected of killing towman Salvatore Brescia in a December hit and run in Harrison, New York, was arraigned last Thursday on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury resulting in death. He's accused of hitting Brescia with the mirror of a box truck for his former employer, a Long Island-based auto parts company, on I-95 in Harrison around 7 a.m. on Dec. 29. Mangano was headed northbound while Brescia was in the right lane loading a broken-down car onto his flatbed truck. Brescia died after suffering injuries to his head, neck, torso and extremities. Mangano faces up to seven years in state prison if he's convicted. Source:

Company Ordered to Move

Perry County Towing of Perryville, Missouri, recently received a letter from the city attorney informing them that they had 60 days to find a new location. The letter accused the company of engaging in business that is beyond their license and storing restrictions. It also accused the company of performing as a salvage yard. Owner Glen Morgan said he stores vehicles onsite if the insurance companies involved will come to claim them, but otherwise the vehicles there are junk and miscellaneous jobs contracted from city departments or the police. Source:
Suspect in Hit and Run Arraigned
Towman Sal Brescia was killed last December in New York
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Accused of operating an unpermitted salvage yard
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Spirit Ride Gets to New Mexico

Albuquerque became one of more than 60 cities to have participated in the American Towman Spirit Ride July 19, which began in Massachusetts last month and will visit more than 250 cities by the end of 2018.

"The nicest part is that everyone has joined together and united as one," said participant Linda Unruh, the owner of All-Rite Towing & Repair in Tucumcari.

The event was very personal for Unruh. Her son, Bobby Unruh, was killed by an 18-wheeler on the side of I-40 in February during recovery work while getting a colleague out of harm's way. His death helped to push the Move Over or Slow Down for Hazard Lights Act into law, said Johnny R. Johnson, managing director of the New Mexico Trucking Association.

Michael Tavenner, owner of Tavenner's Towing & Recovery in Moriarty, hoped that people follow this new law so that his employees and others will be safe.

"We're always on the side of the road; my drivers are always on the side of the road," he said.

Tavenner and Unruh, along with an escort of emergency vehicles, transported the Spirit Casket into Albuquerque where a ceremony took place at Balloon Fiesta Park. At the end of the ceremony, Spirit was transported to Socorro and Truth Or Consequences, where Brian Klein and the Klein Motor Company and Greg Knittle of Knittle's Towing Service hosted additional ceremonies later in the day.

Unruh said she is looking forward to the opportunity the Spirit Ride presents to bring awareness to the issue of the Move Over law.

"My healing is to save others," Unruh said. "It's my journey to make something positive. I don't want anybody else to have to go through that."

Spirit Ride ceremonies will also take place this week in: Las Cruces and Santa Theresa, New Mexico (July 20); Carlsbad, New Mexico (July 21); and Abilene, Texas (July 22). Host companies include Luchini's Towing & Recovery and Action Towing (Las Cruces), Interstate Towing & Recovery (Carlsbad) and M&R Wrecker Recovery (Abilene)

Sources:, AT Staff.
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TV Coverage of Towman Spirit Ride • July 19 - July 25, 2017

Feeling Proud

It's a wonderful thing to see the pride that towmen around the country are showing with their participation in the Spirit Ride. I beam with every TV and newspaper report I see of ceremonies that have taken place.

To see tow companies—inspiring in their company uniforms standing shoulder-to-shoulder, while Mike Corbin, tow bosses, town officials and local first responders address the crowds assembled for each ceremony—it's a good feeling!

It shows what can truly be accomplished when the towing industry works together. Each ceremony and all of the media coverage is really driving home the message and the importance of the Move Over laws.

Towmen should really be proud that the public is beginning to its perception of the industry. As a result, the towman is gaining respect for the trained and knowledgeable professionals they are.
--Charles Duke
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