May and June has been a very sad and busy month for TRAO

Interstate Towing out of Macedonia, Ohio lost one of their drivers on the job, 56 year old Michael Kennedy known as “Turnpike Mike” was hit by a semi on May 8th while assisting a disabled vehicle on the Ohio Turnpike. Mike DID have on all his lights on the truck as well as ALL his required REFLECTIVE WEAR. The semi driver said he was aware of the Slow Down Move Over Law but said because of traffic he could not get over. More then 200 Towers from around the State of Ohio showed their support for Mike and his family by joining in the funeral procession.

On May 28, Mesaros’s Towing of Youngstown, lost one of it’s own. David Mesaros passed away due to ongoing health issues. Towers drove their Tow Trucks to the funeral and joined in the procession to show their respects for a fellow tower.

On June 4th, 48yr old Alfred Bliss employed by Crump’s Towing in Boardman was apparently working under a vehicle at his place of employment. When the vehicles weight shifted and fell on Mr. Bliss. Again, fellow towers showed their respect for yet another fallen tower and his family, by joining in aTow Truck procession.

TRAO continues to work on the legislative issues at hand and has a petition for the Move Over, Slow Down -It’s the Law logo to be on a License Plate. If you have an Ohio Drivers License and have not yet signed this petition please contact the TRAO office at 513-791-3555.

TRAO held an informational seminar June 8th in Columbus, where Towing Solutions & Consulting presented information on how to stay in compliance with the new laws regarding the towing industry and filing for affidavits.

TRAO is hosting another FREE Seminar by Towing Solutions & Consulting to its members. The date will be August 20th at the Comfort Inn 5425 Clarkins Rd Austintown, Ohio . The seminar will begin at 10AM . For registration please contact

Just a reminder… if you HAVEN’T marked your calendar yet for the Midwest Tow Show. You need to! Because this is one of the best tow shows you will attend. It has gotten the name “A Family Affair” because it is just that a family affair. Plan on attending and bring the entire family September 24-27th at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason Ohio.