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Tip your hat to the tow-truck drivers

| September 28, 2023 12:00 AM

As a past paramedic I’m working to bring attention to another First Responder that is rarely recognized or thanked.

We usually do not value our tow-truck drivers. They too face the horrors of every bad accident scene, get called out at all hours of the night, and work in the worst weather, longer than any other first responders.

More tow-truck drivers are killed or injured every year on these calls than police or fire personnel. Why? Because these brave heroes are usually left to finish their jobs alone.

First the ambulances leave, then police and fire. But the wrecker person/crew is left there alone, no wall of flashing lights commanding attention for them, no fire trucks or police cars to block and slow down traffic protecting them as they work.

They stay cleaning up glass, oil and debris off the road, keeping us all safe. They clear the disabled vehicles off the roads so we can drive on them without danger. And many times they work alone with no extra protection! Couple that with the fact that many drivers go speeding by; ignorantly refusing to slow down and move over for them ... it’s a highly dangerous place for someone’s daddy, mommy or loved one to be.

So please, the next time you see a tow truck driver, tip your hats to them, they deserve our utmost appreciation and respect. Most importantly show your appreciation by slowing down and moving over. Let’s help send them all home to their families.

Vincent Vacarro

Three Forks