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Riediger chose higher ground to position his Vulcan to winch out the Camry that was submerged for over a week.

more solid. The only access to that corner of the pasture was by cutting a row of saplings in a long unused makeshift gate in the barbwire fencing. The land owner had an old flat bottom canoe that we used to approach the car and hook up a strap around the roof and hook up the winch cable. I slowly reeled the cable in to bring the car to shore and up a 6 foot embankment between some trees. When I got the car onto dry land, a fish fell out from beneath the rear bumper cover area of this car too! I told the property owner and a neighbor the story of the other fish and they thought I should take a photo with this one. I did and then returned the fish to the pond. When I show pictures of the recovery and the fish to people, I tell them “This is the fish I caught using a 1998 Toyota Camry for bait.” I also used a 3/8 inch x 100 foot, 4250 pound test line to catch this fish. My two grown sons (an electrical engineer and a computer programmer/security expert) are not involved in our towing business both have teased me about “fishing without a license.” A few weeks after these recoveries, I started getting the 44 • June 2021 | Towman.com

Bassmaster magazine in the mail and I have no idea who sent the subscription. (Although I suspect that one of them had something to do with it because I am not a fisherman, but no one has admitted it yet.) I realize these recoveries are not worthy of a “Donnie Award” but I found them humorous and thought you might too. My wife and I started Riediger Antique Auto in 1977 (44 years ago) and have been buying and selling antique autos and parts since that

time. We are located in Diamond, Missouri. For 34 years, I pulled cars and trucks onto a trailer with a hand winch and floor jacks, if needed. About 40 of those years, I have owned and used a factory built 1951 Ford F4 wrecker that was used only in my salvage yard. I hope to restore this truck in the next few years. (It was bought new by Baird Ford in Carthage Mo and I am the third owner.) I eventually bought a Case rough terrain forklift, but we never had a road worthy tow truck until after I finished cancer treatment in 2011. In 2011 when I started towing for hire, we started Riediger Towing. I have had several used wreckers and bought my first new one in 2019. It is the Ford F-450 twin line Vulcan 882 wrecker that I used for these recoveries above. On April 1, 2021, I ordered a new 2022 Freightliner rollback with a Vulcan 22 ft by 102 in bed and an In The Ditch SP 9000 side puller. Both trucks were ordered from Meyers Truck Center in Olathe, KS. The new Freightliner should be ready for pickup in late August or September.

Trooper had a wet suit and hooked up the Impala for Riediger.

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