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Join Mike Stevens of AAA Texas for foundational training on lockout basics with a focus on damage prevention. Topics include: basic lockout guidelines, discussion of locking mechanisms, safety around airbags and more. It will take place as part of the Towing & Recovery Conference taking place at Tow Expo Dallas, August 17-19, 2017 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 23 - August 29, 2017

Tower Punched, Truck Taken

A carjacker punched a tower in the face and stole his truck in San Diego, California. The carjacking occurred about 4 a.m. after the suspect struck up a conversation with the tower who was sitting in his truck in a parking lot, police said. At one point, the tower got out of his truck but left the keys inside. The suspect suddenly punched him in the face and took off in the truck, but only made it about 50 yards. The tower chased, the two men fought and the suspect fled. Source: timesofsandiego.com.
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Towers Lobbying for Blue Lights

Towman John McDonald doesn't know how fast the car was going that clipped him as he worked on the shoulder of I-490 near Rochester, New York, in December 2008. All he remembers is being flung onto the hood and his head smashing the windshield. McDonald could be a poster child for a push to pass a "Blue Light Bill" to allow towers to use rear-facing blue lights on their trucks when they assist a motorist. None is asking for blue lights in the front of the trucks. "The problem is the yellow lights are obscured and nobody pays attention to them," ESTRA President Thomas Brennan said. "Most people say, 'I didn't see them.' I don't know if that's their excuse after they run us over or what." Source: democratandchronicle.com.

Tow Truck Hit by Cab

A livery cabbie died early Saturday after his car slammed into a stopped tow truck on a Bronx, New York, highway, police said. His 27-year-old backseat passenger escaped with only minor injuries. Leonel Paulino, 45, was speeding west on the Cross Bronx Expressway when he plowed into the back of the idling flatbed tow truck about 1:50 a.m., police sources said. The tower was helping a stranded motorist with a broken-down car, police said. The towman and and the person he was helping were unharmed. Source: nydailynews.com.
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Record Crowd at Gaylord Texan Resort

More tow business owners came and more stayed longer at the luxurious Gaylord Texan Resort this past weekend than at any other Tow Expo in the show's twenty year history. Says Tommy Anderson, Tow Expo's show manager: "At the Gaylord you could walk out of the exhibit hall into an air-conditioned paradise, a large atrium with pubs, restaurants, and shops---take a break and go back in to engage with exhibitors. That's what many attendees did. Attendance was gangbusters."

The show featured over 120 exhibitors, the USA Wrecker Pageant, training, demonstrations, seminars, and American Towman hospitality, culminating with the "Bite & a Brew" party.

The show ended on a somber note with the Spirit Ride Ceremony honoring fallen first responders inside the demo area where, at one point, one could hear Taps from a bugler who came with the a Fire Department's color guard.
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#NoExcuse

You don't have to search high and low in the towing industry for inspiring stories. This week, I found one such story in Phillip West, a towman in Austin, Texas, who truly loves his job. (See News Page.)

You see, West operates with the use of only one leg. He so inspired someone watching him in action that the observer posted his work on Facebook with the hashtag #NoExcuse.

Aside from his towing, West also is a football coach to young kids in his area.

It's truly inspiring to come across individuals like West whose life is a prime example of never giving up, regardless of your circumstances.

My hat is off to West. We can all learn from him.
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