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    TRAA and Icom North America Support Survivor Fund

    Icom North America, LLC and the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. (TRAA) are pleased to announce that for all members of TRAA, a donation of $250 will be made to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum Survivor Fund for each Icom Propane Autogas System purchased and utilized in a tow truck fleet in the U.S. or Canada.

    The organizations believe this will have a positive impact for the families left behind from the tragedies of tow truck operators who lost their lives in the line of service to the industry and their communities.

    Ronny Martinez, National Tow Sector specialist for Icom: “As a ten-year veteran of the towing and recovery industry I know of many tragedies that have and continue to occur on our nation’s roads caused by impaired, inattentive and distracted drivers and Icom wanted to be involved in increasing awareness that hopefully can prevent tragedies in the future and help the families of those tragedies. We are excited to be working close with the Towing and Recovery Association of America on this plan.”

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    Rocky Mountain Towing

    From the fleet of Rocky Mountain Towing of Boise Idaho, comes this 2017 Dodge Ram 5500 4×4 with a 2017 Chevron Renegade bed and Autogrip 2 wheel-lift. Rocky Mountain Towing lists some of this truck’s special features:

    • Customized options from In The Ditch towing accessories including drop-down dolly boxes with stainless steel face, zinc-plated SLS Speed Dollies with positive camber, custom deck-mounted trash cans, boom and shovel mount and cones.
    • Toolboxes include a custom half-shell in the drop-down toolboxes and the tunnel box is loaded with mounts for various towing equipment setups to fit the exact wishes of the operator and maintain a very organized and efficient look.
    • Idaho Wrecker Sales installed their swept wing light bar featuring 22 independent strobe heads displaying Arrowstick functions.
    • Custom hand-airbrushed artwork from Doug Batchelor Enterprises, Mountain Home, Idaho.
    • Lots of polished stainless steel.

    Rocky Mountain Towing offers 24-hour service that includes towing, recovery and roadside assistance and has served the Nampa, Meridian and Eagle areas for over 20 years.

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    Hemmi and Kya

    Hemmi

    Corey Conrady of Stanley’s Wrecker Service in Enid, Okla., submitted photos of their tow dogs Hemmi and Kya in September 2016. “Hemmi is a 10-year-old [male] German shepherd. Kya is a three-year-old [female] German shepherd,” Corey wrote. “Both hang out in the office and salvage yard.”

    Sadly, Corey notified us recently that Hemmi passed away in late July. “He was a great dog that loved his life at the wrecker yard and towing,” Corey writes. “Stanley’s Wrecker Service of Enid and Perry, Okla., has been in business for over 30 years, serving North West, North, Panhandle, and Central Oklahoma primarily, in addition to Southern Kansas and Texas Panhandle. We have a fleet of 16 wreckers ranging from Dodge pickups to heavy wreckers. We also have a compliment of 20 pieces of equipment from semi-tractors, trailers, loader, skid steers, service trucks, dozer and generator.”

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Zip’s Supports “Slow Down, Move Over” with Decals, Apparel

Slow Down, Move Over laws help protect not only roadside workers and personnel but motorists as well. Every day highway helpers, law enforcement, emergency personnel and tow truck operators put their lives on the line for others.To remind drivers about these laws, Zip’s Truck Equipment,New Hampton, Iowa, created “Slow Down, Move Over” vinyl vehicle decals and T-shirts available for purchase on their website.

When mounted on a window the decals are see-through from the inside of the truck while visible on the outside. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, the decals can be placed anywhere on a truck — including the pylon or boom — and come with two messages, either “It’s the Law” or “It Saves Lives.”

Also available are Slow Down Move Over T-shirts with ¾-length sleeves, short sleeves or long sleeves. Baseball tees are available in gray with red or black sleeves and with a Move Over graphic on the front and Zip’s logo on the back. The short sleeve and long sleeve shirts are gray with a black graphic on the front.

A portion of the proceeds from these products will be donated to the Survivor Fund, which provides financial support to families of towing operators who lose their lives in the line of service. Purchase “Slow Down, Move Over” decals and apparel at Zips.com.

Source: Zip’s Truck Equipment Inc.


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