Benefit Planned for Injured Wisconsin Tow Operator


A benefit for Wisconsin tow operator Joe Altenhofen, 56, is planned for Friday, Nov. 1. Altenhofen’s truck was hit by an out-of-control tractor-trailer on August 26 as he was loading a vehicle onto his tow truck on I-41/94.

The horrific crash was videotaped and circulated widely by numerous news outlets. Altenhofen recovering from the crash, with many saying it was miraculous he survived.

Emily Journey, who is involved in organizing the benefit, along with Jeff Roskopf, who represented the International Towing Museum’s Wall of the Fallen, were featured on a segment on Channel 12 WISN Monday, Oct. 28, announcing the event.

The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Sterling Chalet in Hubertus, Wis.

Organizers are asking for items to include in a silent auction.

Activities planned include a costume contest, trick or treating for the kids, food vendors, raffles and drawings.

All proceeds go to Altenhofen and his family.

Organizers also hope to raise awareness of the hazards emergency responders face while working on the roadside, and Slow Down Move Over laws.

For more information and to donate silent auction items contact Emily Journey at 262-880-9970 or email




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