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Miller Donates to Survivor Fund

Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc. donated more than $10,000 to the Wall of the Fallen Survivor Fund. The donation comes at the close of the 2017 WeTow campaign hosted by Miller Industries. The WeTow campaign aimed to raise awareness of the towing community's support for many charities across the nation, as well as the good deeds towers provide within the communities they serve. Through the sale of custom tow hook bracelets, Miller made donations to six national organizations. Source:
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Old Mack/Holmes Unit is Family Heirloom

The Raney family of Sparr, Florida, has an heirloom that won't exactly fit on a fireplace mantle. A 1965 B-61 Mack diesel truck with a 673-cid engine and fitted with a Holmes 750 wrecker has been part of the family's businesses for 48 years, passed down through three generations. It's currently housed at Ocala Container, which is owned by Jordan Raney, grandson of the truck's original owner, George Raney. "We'll never sell the truck. The family is always talking about it," said Jordan. He said the family is considering restoration of the truck. George, 88, purchased the truck in 1970 and it became the workhorse of Raney's 24 Hour Towing, operated until 1983. Source:

STA Golf Outing Set for Aug. 7

The Statewide Towing Association of Massachusetts will host its ninth annual STA Golf Outing on August 7 at the Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit three STA families in crisis and STA Scholarships. In addition, the association will hold its second annual Evening Meet & Greet immediately following golf, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and musical entertainment. Registration for the golf outing is available at Source: Statewide Towing Association.
Old Mack/Holmes Unit is Family Heirloom
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Miller Donates to Survivor Fund
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STA Golf Outing Set for Aug. 7
Event will be held at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Massachusetts

Widow Addresses Spirit Ride Ceremony

Stephanie Bowles, widow of fallen towman Scott Bowles, said she learned she "had a spine" and won't stop fighting until stricter punishments are enacted for those who violate the Texas Move Over law. Scott drove for Goode Towing and Recovery in Killeen and was allegedly struck and killed by an Arkansas woman last year.

She and her 10-year-old son Sean are still dealing with the loss. Since Scott's death, Stephanie has poured her efforts into spreading awareness of the law.

She spoke at the June 5 Spirit Ride ceremony at Temple Towing in Temple.

"Collective voices make a much stronger statement, and that makes the statement louder and longer," Stephanie said. "It's a death sentence if we can't get people to listen. ... I won't quit until the changes are made," she said.

The Spirit Ride will journey through four states over the next few days, as "Spirit," the ceremonial casket, will make stops at: K & K Towing in Perley, Minnesota, June 14; Jim and Ron's Service Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 15; Meier Towing in Sioux City, Iowa, June 15; Lone Tree Towing and Recovery in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 19; Dowhy Towing & Recovery in Kearney, Nebraska, June 19; and A & R Towing in Sterling, Colorado, June 20.

So far the Spirit Ride's message promoting the Move Over law has reached millions of American motorists. Towmen and others interested in helping to promote its efforts can make a contribution online at

Sources:, AT Staff.
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The number 12 can represent different things to different people. Ministers of the pulpit may automatically equate it to the number of Jesus' disciples. For a mom sending her kid to the store, it could refer to a dozen eggs. Still, to those who follow football, it could recall the jersey number of quarterback Tom Brady (or Terry Bradshaw to us Pittsburgh Steelers fans or Aaron Rodgers to AT's editor).

However, in this space this week, it stands for something more solemn: the number of towmen who have been killed roadside thus far this year. That includes three in the last two weeks.

Obviously, these roads—and the motorists that drive on them—are not getting any safer.

You're not just talking 12 individuals whose lives have been taken; those lives represent 12 families whose lives have forever been changed along with those deaths.

That's too many. FAR too many.

I ask that you recite each of the following names to yourself and have a moment of silence for: Thomas Tripp ... Danny Mangum ... Paul "Jason" Moorehead Sr. ... Jonathan B. Taylor ... Michael House ... John Cox ... Christopher Magdic ... Daniel Coady ... Wes Dale ... Nader Chehadi ... Nicholas Coble ... Paul Taylor Jr.

May these 12 gentlemen eternally rest in peace.

--Charles Duke
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