Every six days, a tow operator is killed in the line of duty. Every day, a tow operator leaves his or her family to help a complete stranger in need. Tow operators go out into the best and worst of weather, no matter what. People do not realize the dangers of being a tow operator. They see 'reality television shows' that portray tow operators as overweight and having a sailor's mouth. Many of the real, true tow operators will help people because it is their passion and getting paid is a benefit.
People need to understand what it takes being a tow operator. Several organizations bring awareness to the general public and offer free services to find a tow company, but 100% of them would like people to know exactly what it takes to be a tow operator.
In 2011-2012, I was a tow operator for a small company in central Washington State. I was clipped by passing car which was too close the fog line, when Washington State has a slow down/move over law. I know what dangers it takes to be a tow operator.
I feel that having a National Tow Truck Operator Appreciation Week, this will give the general public a chance to learn more about the towing industry from real tow operators and towing companies instead of people following a script for ratings.
I would like the United States Congress to draw up and introduce a bill to the President of the United States to recognize the second week of September as National Tow Truck Operator Appreciation Week. I fear that if people do not appreciate the towing industry as a whole, then the deaths will continue. Having a week dedicated to the towing industry could help save lives.
Below is a link to a petition to the "U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate: Make 2nd Week in September National Tow Truck Operator Appreciation Week" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.
Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: