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What's The Spirit Ride?

Many are calling the Spirit Ride America's Traveling Memorial Day for First Responders. Created by American Towman Magazine, the Ride's mission is to promote public awareness of the Move Over laws while honoring fallen first responders killed on the roadside. In 2017 and 2018, the Spirit casket relayed in 310 cities, involving processions of 10,000 tow trucks, fire trucks, EMS and police vehicles. A ceremony honoring fallen first responders was held at each relay station.

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Achievement

The custom built and painted ceremonial casket, named Spirit, pays tribute to First Responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice working the white line while promoting public awareness of the Move Over Law that was designed to protect them. "Spirit" was relayed in 310 cities throughout 2017-2018, drawing much attention from local media: TV, Radio and Newspaper in print and online, scoring over 700 articles and 120 TV news reports. Click here for a sampling of TV coverage. The Spirit Ride hopes to resume in 2019.

Towers may be part of the Spirit Ride by relaying the casket, hosting a Spirit Ride Ceremony, leading the truck procession that follows, or simply joining one. It takes a proactive commitment by the host tower to make Spirit Ride successful. The tower will select a ceremony site, a procession route, enlist the participation of other First Responders and towing companies, and also contact local media. A tower may opt to simply relay the casket to the next tower on the Route.

The host towers benefit from this campaign because of the relationship-building at play with other First Responders, and the Media attention achieved for the Spirit Ride’s mission. Teaming with the Spirit Ride Command Team, host towers became effective spokespeople, educating TV viewers and newspaper readers on the Move Over law and the dangers of working the white line.

Spirit Ride is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) venture. We need contributions from all Spirit Riders for the campaign to continue. When you sign up to participate, pledge a dollar amount you can afford, $500 and above. You will make that contribution once you are chosen for the 2019 Route.

Welcome to the Spirit Ride!

Steve Calitri
American Towman Editor In Chief

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"OMG National is taking the lead role in promoting the Spirit Ride through social media. You too can play a crucial role by doing your part on social media to spread news and information on the Spirit Ride and its mission to create public awareness on the Move-Over law. The industry has seen too many drivers lost to roadside incidents. I want to make a difference, and that's why OMG, as a Platinum Sponsor, is proud to take a lead role in the SPIRIT RIDE."

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CO-Producer, American Towman TV

The Design

Upon the casket is painted the symbol of the grab hook swinging across the star, which was first seen on the American Towman Medal in 1989. For nearly three decades this symbol has represented bravery and rescue to our industry. The hook and star now graces the Spirit Casket.

The original inscription, pulled out below, speaks for itself. The bars of color also have a definitive meaning and are explained below. And of course there is the American Flag motif, a source of pride to all first responders working to keep America rolling when a vehicle has broken down.

The painting of first responders (Police, Fire, EMS, and Tow) gathered on the street, their shadows before them, first appeared on a Move Over poster promoted by Southwest Tow Operators.

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"The spirit inside pushes us to do good... then at last soars, never saying farewell"

The Symbolic Colors

BLUE - Reflects the devastating loss to family members

WHITE - Symbolizes the spirit of those fallen

RED - Symbolizes the blood sacrificed

Custom Dolly Built for Spirit Casket

The Spirit Ride's ceremonial casket is being built on a platform with a custom-fabricated dolly attached underneath, allowing it to roll onto carrier beds easily. It is designed to be easily attached and winched up onto the bed quickly, and then held stable by three lines.

The initial route for the Spirit Ride is being determined this month; all companies signed up to participate are encouraged to send the required documents to American Towman at this time by email (info@towman.com) or US mail.

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American Towman Spirit Ride
2 Overlook Drive, Suite 5
Warwick, NY 10990

The Spirit Ride, founded by American Towman and B/A Products, is designed to create public awareness of Move Over laws and is a project of American Towman Spirit, Inc.

The Anthem

Booms in the Sky pays tribute to the men and women who've paid the ultimate sacrifice in working the roadways. This song may potentially be part of the ceremonial reception of the Spirit Ride that takes place in cities along the route. The Mike Corbin Band may play live on some of these occasions. Click or tap to watch the music video.