Tow truck operator up for honour
A Lancaster man who was killed 65 years ago may soon be saluted by an American-based museum that honours tow truck operators.
Edgar Pilon, a father of four, died at the age of 37 December 27, 1954. He succumbed to injuries after he was struck by a skidding car as he was attempting to pull a car from a ditch on Highway 2, five miles east of Lancaster.
The News has been contacted by Randall Resch, a retired police officer from California, who is trying to reach the family of Edgar Pilon as Mr. Resch applies to have Mr. Pilon nominated for a posthumous award. He is proposing that Mr. Pilon’s name be added to the International Towing and Recovery Museum Wall of the Fallen “to be recognized for his unselfish acts of serving the motoring public that fateful day.”
A writer/researcher for American Towman Magazine, Mr. Resch can be contacted at [email protected], 1-619-807-3177.
Mr. Pilon, who was born in Montréal, was survived by his wife, the former Yvonne Ménard, and four children, Gisèle, Nicole, Francine and Richard, according to an article published in the December 30, 1954 edition of The News.
Three years earlier, the couple had moved to Lancaster, where he was employed by Mac’s Motor Sales.
Each year, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the towing and recovery industry. The tradition started in 1986 when the towing and recovery industry realized it was time to display the roots of the profession. Industry professionals came together and selected individuals who made a difference. To honour those chosen few, the Friends of Towing (now ITRHFM) dedicated an entire section of the museum’s walls for portraits of the inductees. Each September a new class is inducted.