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Doug Worrell of Citizens Tow addresses attendees of the Spirit Ride ceremony hosted by the tow company. Nearly 50 tow operators, a sheriff’s deputy and others attended the Aug. 11 event. Credit: Jim Smith, Daily Democrat.

Citizens Towing Hosted Spirit Ride

On the day after California Highway Patrol officer Kirk Griess was run down and killed on I-80, a Spirit Ride ceremony was held at Citizens Towing in Woodland and attended by nearly 50 tow truck operators, a sheriff's deputy and others Aug. 11.

The Spirit casket was draped with a banner created by BoBo Signs of Lincoln honoring Officer Griess. Citizens Towing received the casket from Mama's Towing who held a ceremony earlier in the day in West Sacramento.

Doug Worrell of Citizens Tow explained that the ceremonial casket was called "Spirit" because it was decorated with scenes of all first responders who face the peril of the roadway.

From Citizens Tow, the procession proceeded to Fairfield and other points south with Javier Altamirano of Citizens Towing doing one leg of the driving.

The Spirit Ride continues its swing through the Golden State this week with ceremonies hosted by the following towing compnies: Aug. 16: Red Hill Towing (San Rafael) and Olivers Tow (Richmond); Aug. 17: Arrowhead Towing (Vallejo) and Cupertino Towing (Antioch); Aug. 21: All Bay Cities Towing (Concord) and Save Tow (Livermore).

Source:, AT Staff.

Towers at Front Line of Epidemic

The towing industry faces the danger of deadly drugs like fentanyl, or the possibility of getting pricked by a needle, almost every day.

"The main thing was to not get hurt going around the vehicle," said Daniel Wallen, with Wallen's Towing of Corbin, Kentucky. "Now we have to worry about what's in the vehicle that's going to hurt us, is it going to be the needles, is it going to be loaded firearms?"

Wallen's Towing has been one of the big towing businesses in Corbin for the past 85 years. In those years, Daniel Wallen and his dad have seen all sorts of cars for external damage, but lately, it's been what is on the inside of the cars that have been a problem.

"All the new drugs that's on the market that can stop your heart in just the blink of an eye," said Wallen. "All that stuff we worry about and concentrate on."

As more deadly drugs appeared over the years, Wallen has had to change how he runs his business. All the company cars have gloves and cleaning alcohol that workers need to wear when they arrive at any automotive incident.

"100% of the police officers we deal with will tell us 'Hey watch the car, there are needles in it' or 'Somebody's been bleeding in it,' everybody is always on their toes," said Wallen.


Miller Industries Profits [b]Jump 40 Percent

Miller Industries achieved record profits in its second quarter by boosting spring sales 15.5 percent over a year ago to $176.5 million. The company said that its second quarter net income was up 40.1 percent over a year ago to $7.6 million, or 67 cents per share, compared with $5.4 million, or 48 cents per share, a year earlier.

Company co-CEO Jeff Badgley said Miller Industries capitalized on its recently completed expansions of production capacity and increased demand for its products around the globe.

"Economic growth in our markets remains strong and our capital investments propel us forward as we strive to meet customer demand and create sustainable shareholder value," co-CEO Jeff Badgley said. "Performance in the second quarter continued to be very strong ... driven by an increase in production volumes, as we utilized the completion of our expansion projects to meet customer demand."

Despite concerns over import duties and higher commodity prices, Badgley said he is optimistic about the rest of 2018 for Miller Industries.

"Our outlook for the remainder of 2018 remains positive, reflecting a healthy backlog and continued strength in both domestic and international markets," he said. "Although our top-line growth and profitability have not been affected through the first half of the year, we continue to remain cautious as it relates to raw materials, more specifically the potential effects related to tariffs on steel and aluminum. We're in constant communication with our customers and suppliers and we'll continue to monitor the changing dynamics resulting from the tariffs to determine the impact they may have on our raw material costs in the future."


Widow Wants Stronger [b]Enforcement of Law

The wife of tow truck driver who was recently killed while parked on the shoulder of I-10 in Cabazon, California, is making an emotional plea for stronger enforcement of the Move Over Law.

Jon Israel, 50, was dealing with mechanical issues on his tow truck and was parked on the right shoulder of the I-10, August 7. According to the California Highway Patrol, as Israel was re-entering his truck, he and the door were struck by a big rig. Israel was thrown from the side of his truck onto the slow lane.

He was an avid advocate of the 'move over law'. His wife says he was collecting signatures on a petition advocating for stricter enforcement.

"Every six days, a tow truck driver loses his life because nobody moves over, and if me losing my husband can help me help everybody get this law so it's just as important as talking on your cell phone, then it was worth it, because that's what he wanted," Israel's widow Maxine told local news outlets.

She said she is making it her mission to make a change in the law.

"I've made a vow to my husband. He will not die in vain. I will take this to the governor (and) to the president of the United States to get something done because I do not want another family, another wife, or even a husband to have to go through this because they're loved one was at work," Maxine added.


AAA Michigan Holding Job [b]Fair for Operators

AAA Michigan is sending out a regional call for tow truck operators.

Several metro Detroit towing companies are seeking to hire additional roadside assistance technicians at an open house hosted by AAA on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No prior experience is required. Attendees can learn the basics of roadside assistance and meet with company representatives to discuss employment opportunities in the towing.

Candidates should bring copies of their resume and be prepared for an on-site interview.

AAA says candidates must have and maintain a clean driving/criminal record and pass a pre-employment drug test.

The open house will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 5801 Southfield Freeway in Detroit.


G2 Insurance, collaborate

G2 Insurance Services recently announced it is working with, the digital roadside assistance platform, to contribute roadside assistance services to G2's high-net-worth clients.

G2's Personal Risk Management clients will be assigned a dedicated phone number that will allow access to's Intelligent Towing Solution which dispatches's connected towing vehicles to the scene of a mechanical disablement or accident. G2's clients will receive live status updates and be able to watch in real-time as their assigned towing vehicle arrive.

"G2 has a great vision for surrounding their clients with resources beyond insurance," said CEO/co-founder Chris Spanos. "We are excited to provide our innovative and leading roadside platform and service as part of the G2 client experience."

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