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.”

Kit Irwin Tappen

Date of Birth: June 16, 1973
Date of Death: June 28, 2014
Age at Death: 41
State/Province: Minnesota /
Kit Tappen was born on June 16 1973. On June 282014 Kit was assisting a motorist with a disabled vehicle when… Read More

Kleinert O. Reid

Date of Birth: January 24, 1969
Date of Death: April 21, 2008
Age at Death: 39
State/Province: Georgia /
Another vehicle crossed the line and hit Mr. Reid head on. He died as a result of his injuries. Read More

Kyle B. Parker

Date of Birth: January 29, 1982
Date of Death: August 27, 2003
Age at Death: 21
State/Province: New York /
Kyle Parker was born January 29 1982. On August 272003 Kyle was assisting a motorist on the New York State… Read More

Kyle F. Cavins

Date of Birth: September 10, 1947
Date of Death: October 29, 2005
Age at Death: 58
State/Province: Alabama /
Kyle was known to many friends and family as the "Gentle Giant" for his loving and caring ways. He was… Read More

Larry E. Lemon

Date of Birth: January 27, 1949
Date of Death: November 21, 2004
Age at Death: 55
State/Province: Florida /
Mr. Lemon was fatally injured while delivering a load of emergency water pipe to be used in restoring the community… Read More

Larry G. Schofield

Date of Birth: May 11, 1947
Date of Death: November 18, 2012
Age at Death: 65
State/Province: Wyoming /
On November 18 2012 Larry was with his grandson-in-law learning the business of towing when he was struck by a… Read More

Larry Gilje

Date of Birth: September 25, 1942
Date of Death: August 25, 2008
Age at Death: 65
State/Province: North Dakota /
Larry Gilje was in the process of hooking up a semitrailer to his wrecker when one or the vehicles shifted… Read More

Larry J. Caro, Sr.

Date of Birth: January 1, 1970
Date of Death: September 22, 2014
Age at Death: 46
State/Province: CA / USA
On the morning of September 22, 2014, Larry Caro had just finished loading a vehicle on his flatbed on a… Read More

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