Survivor Fund Policies

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a financial assistance award from the ITRHFM Survivor Fund, the deceased must
fall into one of the following categories:

  • Deceased must have been working as an operator or employee in any capacity with a motor
    vehicle towing company at the time of the event causing death.
  • Deceased must have been working as an operator or employee in any capacity with a motor
    vehicle repossession company at the time of the event causing death.
  • Deceased must have been working as an operator or employee in any capacity with a motor
    vehicle road service company engaged to work in the same capacity as the towing industry
    at the time of the event causing death.

Further, the deceased must have been on-duty or performing work directly associated with his/her
position at the time of the event.

Qualifying Circumstances:

  • Death that occurs during the act of loading and unloading a motor vehicle, equipment, material,
    animal, or non-motor vehicle to be towed or moved on site;
  • Death that occurs during the act of transporting a motor vehicle, equipment, material, animal,
    or non-motor vehicle due to the negligence of another person (i.e.) accident as a result of other
    persons driving under the influence, careless driving, road rage, etc.);
  • Death that occurs during the commission of recovery efforts of a motor vehicle, equipment,
    material, animal, or non-motor vehicle. Recoveries include, but are not limited to: mountain
    recoveries, body of water recoveries, culverts, fields, mud, etc.;
  • Death that occurs while driving en-route to or from the scene of a call (i.e. accident as a result
    of another person’s driving under the influence, careless driving, road rage, etc.);
  • Death that occurs while performing service calls (i.e. tire change, unlock, jump start, etc.)
  • Homicide that occurs at the hand of a customer, robber, or passerby while engaged in a call;
    Homicide that occurs at the hand of a customer, robber, or passerby while at the home office;
  • Death that occurs while working in a company office, or at another company operated location,
    during the performance of work related duties;
  • Death that occurs as a result of Infectious Disease that can be proven to have been contracted
    during performing duties;
  • Death that occurs during recovery or cleanup efforts of natural disasters;
  • Death that occurs days, months or years after disablement or serious injury that was directly
    caused by performing duties while on the job (death must be proven to be a direct result of
    those injuries or disablement).

Excluded Circumstances:

  • Death that is a direct result of gross negligence on the part of the Tow Operator or employee
    including but not limited to: driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, negligent driving,
    road rage, in the commission of a felony crime, etc.; Suicide; Homicide; deaths that are not job
    related, including, but not limited to, domestic homicide, home robbery, etc.;

Additionally, the recipient of the death benefit must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • If only dependent age children are survivors, payment can be made to a trust in their name
    if it is established. The ITRHFM will have no part in establishment of these trusts.
  • Must be directly related to the deceased or spouse (common law accepted where
    recognized) of the deceased. Proof of relationship may be required and/or next of kin
    affidavit.
  • Recipient requests for funds must be postmarked within 90 days from the date of death.
  • The person filling out the request for funds must fill out the application in its entirety and
    must include all forms required at the time of submission.

Only one award is permitted per death and the ITRHFM is not responsible for additional claims
from eligible persons. A reasonable effort will be made in each case to determine eligibility of the
recipient and whether there are others eligible who should receive priority. Applications will be
processed on a first received, first processed basis. Order of priority for distributions will be
basically interpreted as spouse, children, parents and then siblings. Lacking applications from
those others, the ITRHFM Survivor Fund committee will vote on funds disbursement and all
decisions of the committee are final. Once the vote is complete and payment has been processed,
no additional claims or requests for funds associated with a reviewed event will be entertained.

Death benefit award shall be a fixed amount to be set annually at the ITRHFM Board of Directors
winter meeting. The current benefit amount is $3,000, effective March 9, 2017. There is also an
additional $2,000 benefit available for requests where at the time of death the deceased was a
member, or the deceased’s employer was a member at that time, of the International Towing and
Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum at any current membership level.

Benefit will be set as an amount in United States Dollars and that amount shall also be the
maximum payout amount for international claims. International claims will be paid in an amount
equal to the same number of currency units within the recipient’s country but will not be paid
beyond the maximum US Dollar limit or below an amount equal to two hundred fifty US Dollars.
As an example, a payment to the countries below would be as shown based on currency exchange
rates on June 9, 2016 as well as the $3,000 death benefit for 2016:

It is beyond the scope of the Survivor Fund to make automatic awards, however committee
members may pro-actively contact employers of those killed in the line of service to communicate
the availability of benefits. This contact will not be made directly with family members unless
contact is first initiated by family members. All applicants will be required to complete an
application form to ensure eligibility requirements are met and records are kept appropriately by
the ITRHFM.

The Survivor Fund committee shall have the right to review any and all exceptions to these
guidelines on an individual basis.

The approval process for Survivor Fund applications will include the distribution of the
submitted materials to the full committee by the museum director which will start a 48-hour
clock for each committee member to vote ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Review’. If all members of the
committee vote prior to the 48-hour clock expiration, the majority vote will carry unless prior to
the expiration of the 48 hours three members of the committee vote ‘Review’. Should three
votes of ‘Review’ occur at any time prior to the end of the 48-hour voting period, the matter will
be moved to a review process for full committee review as a group. A call will be scheduled and
the majority of the committee members must be present to have a discussion to resolve the
matter in Review, including at least two of the persons who voted ‘Review’ in the original round
of voting. Once the 48-hour voting clock expires, if a majority of the committee has voted either
‘Yes’ or ‘No’, the vote shall carry and funds disbursement will be settled with that vote count. If
there is no committee majority at the end of 48 hours, the voting process will end when a single
answer of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ carries the majority of votes based on the overall size of the committee.

Revised – March 9, 2017