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2016-2018 ITRHFM Officers Announced
These officers take office 11/1/2016
President – George Connolly – Arvada, CO
1st Vice President – Donna Brock- Mesaros – Milford, OH
2nd Vice President – Kevin Fox – Ft. Myers, FL
Treasurer – Norbert Bertling – North Liberty, IAa
Secretary – Steve Welchel – Marietta, GA
September 14, 2016 / CHATTANOOGA, TN – The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum added 22 new names to the Wall of the Fallen during its tenth annual ceremony honoring towing operators who have died in the line of service.
The names include those from previous years as the details of fatalities become known. In all, the Wall of the Fallen now has over 400 names of men and women who have lost their lives serving the towing and road service industry. (See below for complete list of towing operator names added in 2016.)
One towing operator dies every six days while on the job, according to Jeffrey Godwin, chair of the museum’s Wall of the Fallen as well as its Survivor Fund.
The Wall of the Fallen ceremony seeks to honor towing operators whose lives were cut short and the Survivor Fund provides a one-time gift to the families. Survivors’ families also receive a Certificate of Honor.
The annual ceremony also aims to boost motorists’ awareness of Move Over laws in effect in all 50 states that require drivers either to move over one lane and/or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle. Some – but not all – states designate tow trucks as emergency vehicles.
The motoring public’s failure to slow down or move over – in addition to drunken or negligent driving – each year unnecessarily claims many towers’ lives.
Museum President Troy Barnett acknowledged the difficulty of losing a driver at the beginning of this year’s ceremony. “Two years ago I lost my senior driver while recovering an accident,” said Barnett also of Barnett’s Towing in Phoenix, AZ. “I am reminded once again the difficult time you are going through.”
Learn more about the Wall of the Fallen and the International Towing & Recovery Museum by visiting towingmuseum.com or contact Jeffrey Godwin, chair of the Wall of the Fallen and the Survivor Fund, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Wall of the Fallen
(in alphabetical order)
Name State Year of Death
Frank D. Baity NC 2004
Robert L. Carter IN 2015
Sam W. Collins TN 2013
Richard S. Eaton ND 2016
Daniel F. Getty NE 1995
Daniel G. Haro AZ 2016
Paul R. Hayes, Jr. KY 2015
Edward Kammerer MO 2015
John Martins MA 2015
James E. Mills, Jr. SC 2015
David A. Moore OK 2015
Charles E. Myers WV 2016
Barbara C. Pettis IL 2016
Stephen M. Ricketson LA 2015
Gene L. Schofield, Jr. AL 2016
Jack L. Schultz PA 1991
Jason W. Schultz MI 2016
Fred Scroggs, Jr. MI 2015
Robert M Walters TX 2005
Eric L. Wiles NC 2015
Rico L. Wills, Sr. GA 2016
Eshagh Yousefzadeh CA 2015
March 2016/CHATTANOOGA, TN – Nine outstanding industry leaders have been selected for induction into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016.
Bruce Campbell, (Banff, Alberta, Canada), Eric Hammond, (Coventry, Warwickshire, England), Belinda Harris, (Greensboro, NC), Garry Leach, (Canmore, Alberta, Canada), Stephen Smith, (Haslet, TX), Nicholas Testa, (Wood-Ridge, NJ), John Weaver, (Canton, GA), Kenneth Weber, (Pewaukee, WI), Michael Wildman, (Bend, OR), were nominated by members of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum for their many contributions to the towing and recovery industry, their families and communities.
“Each year, the inductees share common strengths which have led to their nomination in to this prestigious group,” says Troy Barnett, President of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. “This year’s inductees share a dedication to their state and local towing organizations as well as the national towing and recovery community”
The Class of 2016, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, at an induction ceremony to be held at 6pm on September 9th, 2016 at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga. A full weekend of activities will be held to celebrate this year’s inductees. For more information on the induction ceremony, or to order tickets, call Angela Roper at 423-267-3132
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is the only one in the world for the Towing Industry. It was opened September 22, 1995. There are 21 antique tow trucks on display along with memorabilia from the industry. Chattanooga, Tennessee was the chosen site for the museum as Ernest Holmes, Co. built the first wreckers there in the early 1900’s. The museum is located at 3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN. 37408.
The Museum offers something for everyone. If you plan to visit set aside several hours to view the array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The Museum exhibits tow trucks and towing equipment dating back to 1916. The rotating collection includes early equipment built by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame portion of the Museum honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. There are hundreds of photos throughout the building depicting early tow trucks and the pioneers who used them, including Ernest Holmes Sr, credited with building the first tow truck. Toy tow truck collections with other memorabilia and exhibits related to the industry’s colorful past are also featured. The Museum also includes a theater, a library, and a unique gift shop that sells souvenirs related to the towing and recovery industry. The Learning Center is reserved by various organizations throughout the year.
The museum is a non-profit organization. All money and exhibits come exclusively from donations, grants, and gifts from individuals and major industry corporations.The museum hosts tour groups, school trips, and special events. It is recommended that you call 30 days in advance for reservations.
For questions or comments about the museum, contact us
Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military - $9.00
AAA - $8.50
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc.
3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408