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Al Gregg was born June 13, 1948 in Rushville, Nebraska, the 6th child of Robert & Theresa Gregg. Al was married in 1967, and to this union came his children, Bobbie, Jeff & Teri who have made him the grandfather of seven. On March 22, 2003 Al married his longtime companion and partner, Carol Rettkowski.
After graduating from high school, Al became a mechanic and tow operator for a GM dealer. In 1982, Al started Dakota Service and Repair and added the towing end of the operation in 1984. All of Al’s children were involved in the shop as “Dad’s Helpers” in their very young years. Al became active in the South Dakota Professional Towing Association in 1988 and has served as president and is currently the South Dakota Director of Education, Legislative Committee Member and TRAA Delegate.
Al is a strong advocate of tower education and is involved with the TRAA Education and takes part in TRAA Level III driver certification testing. One of Al’s goals is to see more towers attend classroom seminars and any other form of training available. Al has been the proud recipient of the TRAA 2004 President’s Award and the 2005 South Dakota Distinguished Service Award.
Al “is” Santa Claus at the local abuse shelter and local elder care homes. He supports the local DARE program, Circle K Club, and has donated vehicles to the high school for demonstrations in efforts to raise alcohol awareness. Al was recently recognized by the Brookings Fire Department for his many years of generous support of their training programs.
Despite the strains on Al’s time he still manages to find time to rebuild and re-engineer his tow trucks.
Al plans to continue operating his company, supporting education in the towing industry and still appreciates the day that Carol told him to “get a life and enjoy himself”.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast (Ticketed Event) - 9am
General Membership Meeting - 10am
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