American Towman Spirit Ride Ceremony 07-06-17
Photos by John Ehlke
Matt Kedinger of Kohlsville waves to a Bob's Main Street Auto and Towing truck Thursday morning during the American Towman Spirit Ride in Kohlsville. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane. A ceremonial casket was towed from West Bend to Oshkosh along with a line of tow trucks. A shirt worn by Katie Walsh of Osseo honoring her late husband who was killed in 2014 seen Thursday morning during the American Towman Spirit Ride ceremony at West Bend Elevator in West Bend. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane, like Walsh's husband. A ceremonial casket was towed from West Bend to Oshkosh along with a line of tow trucks. Elizabeth Rate of West Bend hands out shirts to customers Thursday morning during the American Towman Spirit Ride ceremony at West Bend Elevator in West Bend. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane. A ceremonial casket was towed from West Bend to Oshkosh along with a line of tow trucks. Owner of Bob's Main Street Auto and Towing, Bill Rate bows his head in silence Thursday morning during the American Towman Spirit Ride ceremony at West Bend Elevator in West Bend. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane. A ceremonial casket Lisa Brodhagen of Butler receives a hug Thursday morning after the American Towman Spirit Ride ceremony at West Bend Elevator in West Bend. Lisa's husband, Jimmy, owns Jimmy's Towing and is a tow truck driver. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane. A ceremonial casket was towed from West Bend to Oshkosh along with a line of tow trucks. Tony Petsch, left, and Stan Steinert, right, both with Bob's Main Street Auto and Towing, lead a ceremonial casket onto the back of a tow truck Thursday morning during the American Towman Spirit Ride ceremony at West Bend Elevator in West Bend. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane. A ceremonial casket was towed from West Bend to Oshkosh along with a line of tow trucks. Rosemarie Beck of Kewaskum, center, and Marykay Rate of Kohlsville, left, wave to a Bob's Main Street Auto and Towing truck carrying a ceremonial casket Thursday morning during the American Towman Spirit Ride in Kohlsville. The ceremony honored tow truck divers, DOT, police, fire and other servicemen and women that have been killed on the roadways due to drivers not slowing down and moving over a lane. A ceremonial casket was towed from West Bend to Oshkosh along with a line of tow trucks.
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