New York Association Raising Funds for Murray Rude Headstone
    Murray Rude

    Murray Rude

    The following is a press release from the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association (ESTRA) 

    Industry pioneer Murray Rude died at the age of 87 on November 26, 2014. Murray was a member of the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and a founding member of the International Towing Association. In the late 1990’s he took the case of Ace Auto Body and Towing, v. City of New York, which sought to require New York City to honor “owners’ requests” for towing services to the United States Supreme Court. This was one of countless efforts that Murray made over the years to protect the industry that he loved. Often controversial and never silent, Murray always had the best interests of the towing industry at heart.

    Murray’s wife and lifelong business partner, Estelle, died in 2012. He is survived by his sons Howard and Mark, their wives Cheryl and Helen, granddaughters Caryn, Stefanie, Tami and Pamela, and great granddaughter Emily. Tragically, he died with little or no known assets. He had, however, been making payments on a headstone since Estelle died and ESTRA believes it to be fitting for his industry to complete this task for him. (more…)

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    80-year Celebration

    Parker Service Inc.Parker Service Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and for arriving media representatives covering the event, the Parker Service crew set up this display — a 2014 Kenworth T800 twin-steer with a Century 75-ton rotator lifting a 2006 Ford F-550 with a Century 311 Express.

    A resulting newspaper article noted that while today Parker Service Inc. is the largest towing company in northeast Indiana running 73 trucks — all Miller Industries equipment — with a long, rich history in the Ft. Wayne area, the company’s humble beginnings started in 1934 when Homer Parker opened a small gas station/grocery store with a one-bay auto repair shop. His son Larry Parker took over in 1954, adding a bay to the repair shop and purchasing the company’s first tow truck with “a shotgun, movie projector and a small loan from his brother.”

    Larry Parker (pictured in photo) grew the business and in 2008, his son Dan Parker took over. Today, Dan is president and Larry Parker is vice-president.

    Coverage of the 80th anniversary has been positive and the Parkers are pleased with the recognition of this special milestone.

    “It made my dad feel good, and that’s what it’s all about,” says Dan Parker. “I owe it all to him.”


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    Luca“My name is Luca. I’m a five-year old German Shepherd and I go to work with my mom and dad, Robert and Danielle Yoho.

    “I get to play in the impound, nap in the office, occasionally chase Daisy the office cat and go on calls.

    My favorite thing (besides a treat) are the words ‘load up.’”

    Yoho’s Automotive & Towing

    Pinellas Park, Fla.


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Industry News

Kenworth Receives Truck of the Year Award

KenworthThe American Truck Dealers (ATD) named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 Engine as the 2015 Truck of the Year. The award was announced at the ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco.

Judges selected the truck for its exceptional handling, power, torque and outstanding visibility from all quarters of the driver’s seat.

Other finalists included the International WorkStar 7600 and the Peterbilt Model 567.

A panel of journalists selected the winners from categories including innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.

The 52nd annual ATD event runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo from Jan. 22-25 in San Francisco. For more information, visit

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    The Tow Times January issue has a special racing theme, with stories from towers who handle towing and recovery at race tracks in the United States and Canada. Our readers will meet George Feilinger (“Confessions of a Race Recovery Adrenaline Junkie”) and Robin Doiron (“When something Happens, All Eyes are on You.”) The issue also features a look at the nation’s first training facility dedicated solely to Traffic Incident Management, and towing and recovery operators are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind facility in Nashville, Tenn.

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