Elected: April 5, 2001
Inducted: August 17, 2001
Born: July 11, 1941 in Hagerstown, Maryland
Terry Humelsine first entered the towing and recovery industry while still in high school, working part time and weekends. Following graduation he took a full time job driving tow trucks, starting with a hand crank Weaver and working up to a Holmes W-35 heavy duty. In 1961 he met and married Mary Henninger and together they have raised two boys, ages 37 and 38 and one girl, age 34 and how have four grandchildren.
From his early days in towing, Terry sought to know more and to become more professional, attending various training sessions with Cruse, Jackson, Kinman and others. In 1981, he became a member of the Towing & Recovery Professionals of Maryland and only a year later became a District Director and Member of the Board of Directors, a position he held for 8 years. During this time, Maryland recognized Terry with their Most Outstanding Member award.
During the period from 1985 to 1988, Terry won many driving awards, including the Grand National Driving title in 1988. He then retired from driving and ran the national driving contest for the next three years. For health reasons, Terry was forced to retire from active duty. He turned his attention to teaching, joining the WreckMaster team in 1990 where he distinguished himself as their “Greatest Trainer” in 2000 and as WreckMaster Certified Lead Instructor for Levels 1-9. Also, in 2000, Terry won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Towers Opinion Conference. In 1994, he was designated as the Most Outstanding Member of the Pennsylvania Towing Association and won the same designation in 1990 by the Virginia Association of Towing and Recovery Operators and in 1989 by the Maryland Association. As state driving champion for Pennyslvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Indiana, Delaware, Massachusetts and Maryland, Terry has gone onto set extremely high standards for safety and efficiency in tow truck operations.