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AN OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL TOWING & RECOVERY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

36 Towing Operators Added to Wall of the Fallen PRESS RELEASE - SEP 18, 2015 13:22 EDT

The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum added 36 new names to the Wall of the Fallen during its ninth annual ceremony honoring towing operators who have died while in the line of service. ​The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum added 36 new names to the Wall of the Fallen during its ninth annual ceremony honoring towing operators who have died while in the line of service.

"Last year my senior driver died while recovering an accident, so I want you to know that I know how you feel."

The names include those from previous years as the details of fatalities become known. In all, the Wall of the Fallen now has nearly 400 names of men and women who have lost their lives serving the towing and road service industry.

TROY BARNETT, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL TOWING & RECOVERY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, AND OWNER OF BARNETT'S TOWING IN PHOENIX, AZ.

(See below for complete list of towing operator names added in 2015.) One towing operator dies every six days while on the job, according to Jeffrey Godwin, chair of the museum’s Wall of the Fallen as well as its Survivor Fund. The Wall of the Fallen ceremony seeks to honor towing operators whose lives were cut short and the Survivor Fund provides a one-time gift to the families. Survivors’ families also receive a Certificate of Honor. The annual ceremony also aims to boost motorists’ awareness of Move Over laws in effect in all 50 states that require drivers either to move over one lane and/or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle. Some – but not all – states designate tow trucks as emergency vehicles. The motoring public’s failure to slow down or move over – in addition to drunken or negligent driving – each year unnecessarily claims many towers’ lives. Museum President Troy Barnett acknowledged the difficulty of losing a driver at the beginning of this year’s ceremony. “Last year my senior driver died while recovering an accident,” said Barnett, also of Barnett’s Towing in Phoenix, Ariz. “So I want you to know that I know how you


feel.” Learn more about the Wall of the Fallen and the International Towing & Recovery Museum by visiting towingmuseum.com or contact Jeffrey Godwin, chair of the Wall of the Fallen and the Survivor Fund, at jgodwin@ftigroups.com or 817-379-0637. 2015 Wall of the Fallen (in alphabetical order) Name

State

Year of death

Jason E. Bailey

Virginia

2014

John R. Barringer

Texas

2014

Alfred E. Bliss

Ohio

Michael C. Bower Jennifer W. Brown Emmett Burton III Larry J. Caro Sr.

California North Carolina

2015 2015 2014

Virginia

2014

California

2014

John A. Carpenter Jr.

Ohio

Ryan A. Everly

California

2012

Sam Franks Jr.

Alabama

2014

Denise E. Gajus

Florida

Robin A. Gandee

Tennessee

Duane K. Goodwill

Ohio

Leo J. Gortmaker

South Dakota

David R. Gutierrez Eric G. Hodgson Daniel C. Horbovetz

California Canada Texas

2014

2014 1987 2015 2015 1993 2015 2015

Jabar “Qasdano” Issa

California

2015

Michael W. Kennedy

Ohio

2015

Walid Mansour

California

2003


Hicham Najdi

Virginia

Ricky G. Oliver

Indiana

2014 2015

Sergio Orosco

California

Jerry W. Pineiro

California

1993

Jeffrey A. Rackley

North Carolina

2014

Shaun Riddle

California

Jesus J. Salcedo

California

Timothy D. Schroeder

California

2015

2012 2012 2008

Robert D. Snyder

California

2014

Kevin J. St. Pierre

Massachusetts

2015

José A. Torres-Laboy

Puerto Rico

Jewan W. Turner Sr.

Kentucky

Nathan E. Walsh

Wisconsin

Wayne F. Williams Jr.

South Carolina

Bryan “Keith” Yeager

Texas

Raymond A. Zabala III

California

2014 2014 2014 1997 2014 201

Categories: Transportation, Automotive, Repair & Service

Company Contact Information Jeffrey Godwin International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum 3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga TN, 37408 817-379-0637

Original Source: www.newswire.com

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