Tow truck op­er­a­tor up for hon­our

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

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.

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