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    Custom-built for AE Collision & Towing Inc.

    AE Collision and Towing IncThis 2016 Ford F-550 4 wheel drive with a Chevron 408TA is from the fleet of AE Collision & Towing Inc. in Eugene, Ore. Custom-built by Fleet Sales West of Woodburn, Ore., the bed can be controlled from inside the cab or the rear of the bed and features rear hydraulic stiff legs — a feature normally seen on medium-duty units.

    Features also include an extendable boom with twin 9,000-lb. winches, a tunnel box that houses the dolly bars on a sliding track so they can be easily accessed from either side of the truck, a Torrent LED light bar with alley lights and fold-away brackets for low clearance situations, four LED strobes and a custom-built grille by Royalty Core. The truck’s custom paint job is green with a matte finish and gloss black accents.

    AE Collision & Towing Inc. offers towing, roadside assistance, private property impound services and repossessions to customers in the Eugene and Springfield areas.

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    CougarMeet Cougar, a three-year-old retired racing greyhound from Florida (racing name was Cougar City) who now enjoys lying around the house and riding in my 2011 Freightliner M2 rollback equipped with a 1240 dual-tech bed and 1010 dual side pullers. She was a bit nervous of the air brakes at first, but now has learned that the back seat is all hers.

    Akins Towing of 
Franklin, Tenn., (just south of Nashville) has been around for almost 14 years, servicing Williamson and surrounding counties.

    David Silva

    Akins Towing

    Franklin, Tenn.



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Towers with a Heart Donates $1,500 to Survivor Fund

Towers With a Heart DonationThe International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum announced that Towers with a Heart presented a donation of $1,500 to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund during the Tennessee Tow Show to coincide with the Wall of the Fallen event.  The funds will provide financial support to families of those lost in the line of service.

The Survivor Fund helps provide immediate financial help to families affected by tragedy in the line of service and Towers with a Heart is proud to support the efforts of the Survivor Fund.

“Towers with a Heart raises money for billboard messaging to promote the Slow Down, Move Over Laws through its annual golf tournament and various community outreach events,” said Jeffrey Godwin, ITRHFM Board Member and Survivor Fund Committee Chairman. “We are proud to have the support of this great organization as we work to support the families of the men and women lost in our industry.”

On average, close to 60 road service professionals are killed each year assisting stranded motorists on the side of busy roadways or performing their duties in towing and recovery. The Survivor Fund, founded in 2006 and managed by the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, was started to offer financial support to the families that have lost a loved one in the line of service within industry. Since its inception, the Survivor Fund has approved and paid out over 150 claims to support families in their time of need due to tragic accidents.

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    2016-2017 Tow Times SourceBook

    The SourceBook is Tow Times’ annual equipment, product and service buyer’s guide directory for the towing and recovery industry and it’s a special part of the Tow Times October issue. This issue also contains plenty of business tips such as creative employee benefits ideas, employee hiring and using state resources to hire employees. Be sure to check out the double rotator lift performed by Madison Motors Service Inc. to bring a trailer up from a ravine in Ohio.

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