Procession of Tow Trucks Honors John Martins
    John Martins

    John Martins
    Photo submitted to The Sun Chronicle Attleboro, North Attleboro, Mass.

    A large contingent of tow trucks are expected to fill a procession today in honor of John Martins, who owned Sterry Street Towing in Providence, Rhode Island and a number of other businesses in the New England area.

    Martins died on September 27th from injuries he received when the heavy-duty tow truck he was driving crashed and was engulfed in flames. Martins was pulled from the burning truck by motorists who witnessed the accident.

    He is remembered for his love of towing and the towing industry, his business acumen and his generosity to others. News reports reflect that his loss has been felt across New England.

    A statement from the Statewide Towing Association of Massachusetts listed times of the wake (October 1st), funeral and procession (October 2nd) and procession instructions. A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and the burial location is the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Providence, Rhode Island.

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    Car Carrier Teamwork

    Hudsonville Towing Inc.Bill Zwak, president of Hudsonville Towing Inc. in Hudsonville, Mich., says that they — along with help from John K. at Reed & Hoppes Towing & Equipment in Portland, Mich. — put together a new car carrier for their fleet. It’s a 12 Series Century LCG carrier with an 8,000-lb. Sidepuller mounted on a 1998 Kenworth T300.

    Hudsonville Towing Inc. has served West Michigan since 1988 and offers a variety of services including light-duty towing, 24-hour road service and heavy-duty and equipment transport.

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    TorchThis is Torch, our Fox Red Labrador and he is the hottest employee at Ned’s H/D Towing Service in Burlington, Mass. Torch’s hobbies include eating, begging, greeting everyone who walks in and, of course, reading Tow Times Magazine.

    Torch is the fifth dog to take up employment here at Ned’s over the past 55 years. Mandy, Moose and Bolton were the first Labradors and JD (Junkyard Dog) was our pit bull. All of these dogs have been wonderful to have around over the years and Torch is keeping the tradition alive — from finding the cold spots to lay on the floor to posing on the Joyce lift.

    It seems the trucks, equipment and TBA (tires batteries and accessories) are always changing, but the dog always remains the same — loyal and true to the servant who never sleeps: the U.S. Tow Man.

    Ned’s H/D Towing Service, Burlington Mass.

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Industry News

New Safety Vision Website

New Safety Vision WebsiteSafety Vision has launched a new, responsive website featuring an enhanced staging of its mobile video surveillance products. The new site may be accessed with the original web address:

By incorporating a responsive design, customers can browse Safety Vision’s website on any mobile device. “With an improved user interface, expanded product detail, and broader emphasis on industry application, navigation and customer experience have improved dramatically,” says Bruce Smith, President and CEO.

Products are now categorized by their industry application. By attributing one or multiple industries to each product, filters may be used to refine search results. Customers may also filter search results by product category: recorders, cameras, monitors, software and accessories.

In addition to industry associations, each product now has a Compatible Products section. Compatible Products presents customers with a list of Safety Vision products that interoperate with one another. For instance, Safety Vision’s RoadRecorder® 7000S network video recorder (NVR) product page offers compatible IP cameras and accessories while omitting incompatible products. (more…)

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