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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 20 - September 26, 2017

'I hope they catch you'

Jack Deaton, an Indianapolis, Indiana, towman who had his leg amputated after being hit roadside two weeks ago, said he's thankful he's alive and had a message for the driver of the semi. "I hope they catch you. If they don't, the Lord will take care of you I promise you that." Deaton was hit on I-70. Indiana State Police said the driver of the semi kept going and didn't bother to stop. They are still looking for the semi. Source:
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Procession Honors Towman Watrous

Pennsylvania towmen recently honored one of their own with a memorial procession Saturday. Ralph Watrous II was a tow truck driver for Mack's Tire Service in New Holland. He was getting ready to tow 46-year-old Robert Buckwalter Jr.'s broken-down car when both were then hit and killed by a passing motorist. William McNeill, the owner of Mack's Tire Service, said, "He's the glue to the company. He held everybody together. He's just an all-around great guy. We're gonna miss him dearly." B.J. Root, one of Watrous' sons, said, "I'm going to miss him a lot. First parent I lost. It's hard to explain." More than 100 tow trucks took part in the memorial procession. Source:

Standoff Ends After Five Hours

SIA Towing of Lanham, Maryland, attempted to repossess a vehicle in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby when an unidentified driver requested to get "some personal items" out of the vehicle. However, once in the vehicle, the driver refused to exit, setting off a five-hour standoff between the agent and the motorist. Deputies explained to the driver that she was receiving an hourly additional rate at approximately $100 per hour of the standoff. After approximately five hours, the driver exited the vehicle with her belongings. Source:
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Towman was killed roadside two weeks ago
‘I hope they catch you’
Jack Deaton recovers in hospital with amputated leg after being hit
Standoff Ends After Five Hours
Repo attempt extended after towman allows driver to retrieve items

Spirit Staged at Capitol Building in Harrisburg

Over 50 trucks are expected to take part in the Spirit Ride this morning before Fountain Plaza at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. American Towman Sr. Editor Charles Duke will conduct the ceremony and perform the songs, substituting for Mike Corbin this week. H&S Towing then relays the Spirit casket to Morgan Towing in Lancaster for the afternoon ceremony.

Spirit has relayed in 100 towns and cities so far since the Ride began in Haverhill, Massachusetts on June 1st. Last week was another strong media week for the Spirit Ride, with newspaper coverage in all eight sites, and TV news coverage in six cities. The ceremonies are usually broadcast on a live feed on the Spirit Ride and American Towman Facebook pages, as well as on (live social feed link).
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TV Coverage of Towman Spirit Ride • September 20 - September 26, 2017

Why We Do This

I just saw the story of Jack Deaton, an Indianapolis towman who was hit two weeks ago roadside while hooking up a vehicle on I-70. His life is changed forever because the semitrailer driver failed to move over.

"He seen my lights on, he knew I was doing a job, he didn't have to do that; he had two lanes to go over," Deaton said in a recent TV interview.

Now he recovers in a hospital ... after his left leg was amputated.

Who knows what was going on with the driver of the semi? Was he distracted? Was he falling asleep? God forbid, was he playing a game that I read about somewhere that some truck drivers play with road workers, where they try to drive by fast enough to make the worker's cap fly off?

All I know is that Jack Deaton's life, like countless towmen before him, is forever changed.

We here at American Towman have undertaken the Spirit Ride initiative not for our own edification, but to bring awareness to the motoring public of moving over and slowing down. Over the years, we've covered too many memorial processions, too many towmen killed working, too many stories like Deaton's who was just doing his job.

God knows, we've lost too many.
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