Wall of the Fallen

On September 9, 2006, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, members of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) gathered on the museum grounds for the official dedication ceremony of the Wall of the Fallen, a monument to honor towing operators killed in the line of service.

The mission statement of the Wall of the Fallen reads: “To honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to generate public awareness of the dangers involved in the towing and recovery industry and to permanently record and commemorate those involved in fatalities in the towing and recovery industry.”

Andrew C. Smith

Date of Birth: October 13, 1988
Date of Death: January 4, 2012
Age at Death: 24
State/Province: Pennsylvania /
On January 42012 Andy was loading a disabled pickup truck onto his rollback when he was struck and killed by… Read More

Andy C. Starmer

Date of Birth: August 12, 1972
Date of Death: August 9, 2009
Age at Death: 36
State/Province: Virginia /
Andy lost his life after he was struck by a drunk driver while loading a disabled auto onto a tow… Read More

Arthur Andrew Cullen Bryant

Date of Birth: August 13, 1963
Date of Death: February 28, 2014
Age at Death: 50
State/Province: Ohio /
Arthur Bryant was born on August 13 1963. On February 282014 Arthur was assisting another driver in moving a semi-trailer… Read More

Arthur R. Wilson

Date of Birth: September 17, 1936
Date of Death: December 28, 2007
Age at Death: 71
State/Province: Alabama /
Arthur was born on September 17 1936. On August 112007 Arthur was assaulted at his towing and repair business Wilson’s… Read More

Aubrey B. Collier

Date of Birth: September 27, 1996
Date of Death: December 14, 1946
Age at Death: 50
State/Province: Tennessee /
Mr. Collier was driving on a main thoroughfare through Nashville when he hit a saw horse where work was being… Read More

Baltazar F. LaBorte

Date of Birth: January 1, 1970
Date of Death: June 1, 2002
Age at Death:
State/Province: California /
Mr. Baltazar's Truck blew a rear tire and he pulled over to inspect it. Another vehicle struck the vehicle he… Read More

Barbara C. Pettis

Date of Birth: January 1, 1970
Date of Death: July 3, 2016
Age at Death: 30
State/Province: IL / USA
Barbara Pettis was driving her tow truck in the early morning hours of July 3, 2016, when an intoxicated driver… Read More

Bernard Sheehan

Date of Birth: May 18, 2026
Date of Death: January 1, 1970
Age at Death: 59
State/Province: Massachusetts /
Bernard “Red” Sheehan was born on May 18 1926. Red was the owner of Red’s Exxon. In September of 1985… Read More

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