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    Tow Truck Parade to Honor Warren Roosevelt, Sr.

    Warren P. Roosevelt Sr.The following information was submitted by Peter O’Connell on behalf of the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association.

    Please join the Roosevelt family and the officers and directors of the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association (ESTRA) in honoring one of ESTRA’s founding members, Warren P. Roosevelt, Sr., with a tow truck parade on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Warren died in Punta Gorda, Florida on Friday, July 15, 2016, after a long and gallant battle with prostate cancer.

    Please make every effort to join the parade and pay tribute to Warren, one of the greats of the towing industry. For more info call ESTRA at 1-888-85-ESTRA.

    Parade Details

    Parade participants will start to queue up at around 8:00 a.m. on July 30 at Roosevelt’s Towing & Recovery, 210 Erie Boulevard in Canajoharie, New York; the parade will kick off at 9:15. Warren’s cremains (his cremated remains) will be riding shotgun in the lead truck — a new Western Star with a Century 7035 wrecker body — which will be driven by his son, J.R.

    Limousines carrying family members will follow, along with a 2016 Kenworth with a Vulcan V30 wrecker body — which will be driven by his son Greg — and the other parade participants. The parade will proceed past Warren’s old garage in Palatine Bridge and continue down Route 5 toward Fonda. It will pause at the Yost rest area where Warren’s cremains will be ceremoniously transferred to Greg’s truck. (more…)

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Advanced Level Light-Duty Class Returning to the Tennessee Tow Show

American Towing and Recovery InstituteWes Wilburn, founder of American Towing and Recovery Institute, has announced that due to popular demand he will be holding a one-day Advanced Level Light Duty Class September 8, 2016, at the International Towing Museum learning center during the Tennessee Tow Show.

“This continues to be one of our most popular classes,” Wilburn says, “and we are glad to bring it back to Chattanooga.”

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While at the Tennessee Tow Show September 9 and 10, visit Wes at booth # 1001.

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