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.”

James A. Blackburn Jr.

Date of Birth: February 9, 1961
Date of Death: November 9, 2008
Age at Death: 47
State/Province: Texas /
Jimmy Blackburn was the owner and operator of All Hours Towing Company and a long time resident of Marshall Texas.… Read More

James A. Coffey

Date of Birth: November 18, 1987
Date of Death: April 7, 2012
Age at Death: 25
State/Province: South Carolina /
James was born on November 18 1987. He passed away from injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle… Read More

James D. Hartsfield

Date of Birth: November 7, 1973
Date of Death: August 7, 2006
Age at Death: 32
State/Province: New Jersey /
Mr. Hartsfield was helping a disabled motorist when another vehicle veered onto the right shoulder striking and killing him. The… Read More

James D. Wenzel

Date of Birth: September 29, 1959
Date of Death: January 28, 1998
Age at Death: 38
State/Province: Minnesota /
Mr. Wenzel was attempting to tow a small truck when it rolled forward off the blocks and crushed him between… Read More

James D. Wightman

Date of Birth: November 14, 1953
Date of Death: February 2, 2010
Age at Death: 56
State/Province: Oregon /
James gave 100% of himself to whatever he did including driving a truck. Tragically James was in the wrong place… Read More

James E. Insley Jr.

Date of Birth: August 11, 1947
Date of Death: April 2, 1988
Age at Death: 40
State/Province: Arkansas /
While working on a damaged tractor-trailer Mr. Insley was struck and dragged 262 feet. He was pronounced dead at the… Read More

James E. Mills, Jr.

Date of Birth: January 1, 1970
Date of Death: November 5, 2015
Age at Death: 42
State/Province: SC / USA
“Eddie” Mills was working on the side of the interstate early on Thursday evening, November 5, 2015. As he worked… Read More

James F. Schreiber Jr.

Date of Birth: November 16, 1972
Date of Death: August 24, 2011
Age at Death: 39
State/Province: Maryland /
James was born on November 16 1972. He was assisting a disabled truck when he was struck and killed by… Read More

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