Lo­cal woman en­ters tow­ing hall of fame

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Five tow­ing in­dus­try vet­er­ans were se­lected as in­ductees into the In­ter­na­tional Tow­ing & Re­cov­ery Hall of Fame and Mu­seum, and hon­ored at a spe­cial event in Chat­tanooga, Tenn., con­sid­ered the birth­place of the U.S. tow­ing and re­cov­ery in­dus­try.

On the list is Betty Corn­well, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Tow­ing & Re­cov­ery Pro­fes­sion­als of Mary­land, based in Hunt­ing­town. Corn­well has spent over 45 years in the tow­ing and re­cov­ery in­dus­try, dur­ing which she helped raise in­dus­try stan­dards both lo­cally and na­tion­ally and set an ex­am­ple for pro­fes­sional ethics, a press re­lease states.

“I never thought this would hap­pen. I told peo­ple who asked me why I thought that, ‘The good old South­ern boys would not let this hap­pen,’” said Corn­well in the re­lease. She is a fe­male pi­o­neer in the tow­ing and re­cov­ery in­dus­try with a long line of “firsts.”

Corn­well got her start in the tow­ing and re­cov­ery in­dus­try in the early 1980s as part of the gas ser­vice sta­tion and tow­ing busi­nesses she and her hus­band, Har­vey, op­er­ated, the re­lease states.

She and oth­ers formed Tow­ing & Re­cov­ery Pro­fes­sion­als of Mary­land in 1979, for which she also served three terms as pres­i­dent. Corn­well be­came the first woman to ob­tain an au­to­mo­bile in­spec­tor li­cense in the state of Mary­land, which she still pos­sesses, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. And she also learned how to op­er­ate a tow truck, ob­tain­ing a com­mer­cial driver’s li­cense. Corn­well fa­cil­i­tated the first Na­tional Driver Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram Level 1 test­ing in Mary­land.

As tes­ta­ment to her hard work and col­lab­o­ra­tion over the years, Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s) wrote a let­ter sup­port­ing Corn­well’s nom­i­na­tion to the Hall of Fame.

“I worked with so many peo­ple over the years and it’s been such a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship all these years. To see the spe­cial things they wrote about me, that to me is very spe­cial,” said Corn­well, a Calvert County res­i­dent.

For over 30 years, the Hall of Fame has in­ducted mem­bers of the pro­fes­sion who have distin­guished them­selves by mak­ing sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to and out­stand­ing ser­vice in the tow­ing and re­cov­ery in­dus­try.

“It makes me very proud that I can be a part of the process that gives the in­ductees the honor they de­serve,” said Bill Gratzianna, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Tow­ing and Re­cov­ery Hall of Fame and Mu­seum, in the re­lease. “They’re not in the in­dus­try for the glory or no­to­ri­ety. They’re do­ing it from the heart.”

Hall of Fame se­lec­tion is based on prod­uct in­no­va­tion, exemplary ded­i­ca­tion, in­dus­try lead­er­ship and pro­fes­sional achieve­ment. Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the Class of 2018.

Learn more about the In­ter­na­tional Tow­ing & Re­cov­ery Hall of Fame and Mu­seum by vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tion­al­tow­ing­mu­seum.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Betty Corn­well, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Tow­ing & Re­cov­ery Pro­fes­sion­als of Mary­land, based in Hunt­ing­town, poses for a photo with fel­low In­ter­na­tional Tow­ing & Re­cov­ery Hall of Fame and Mu­seum in­ductees Wil­liam By­ers of Michi­gan, Dennis Har­ris of North Carolina, Steven Sed­berry of Ten­nessee and Patrick Winer of Illi­nois.

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