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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 17 - July 23, 2019

Tanker Time in Trenton

0-30 Years of Gettin It Done-TIW-8 copy eaae7By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Hawk's Towing & Recovery, established in 1989, is a family owned and operated business based in Trenton, New Jersey. Company owner Brian "Hawk" Hawkins was born and raised in Trenton and has been servicing his community ever since he bought his first tow truck at age 17 and went into business for himself. He now owns one of the largest towing fleets in the area.

On March 10, 2019, the Trenton Police called Hawk's for a rolled-over tanker.

"We received the call around midnight from the Trenton Police Department to respond to a tanker loaded with 3,000 gallons of fuel oil, on its side on Lamberton Road in Trenton," Hawk said.

Hawk's crew included his son Li'l Hawk (not so little anymore), brother-in-law James Ford and operators Zach Jauss and Mike Robson. They headed out with "Bad Behavior," Hawk's award-winning custom 2009 Peterbilt 367/2009 50-ton Jerr-Dan HDL 1000 independent tandem custom heavy.

They also had their 2003 Peterbilt 330/NRC 25CS, a powerful single-axle 25-ton unit with NRC's slider system, and their incident recovery trailer.

Hawk and crew did their scene inspection once they arrived.

"When the tanker rolled, it slid off of the road into mud," Hawk said. "Of course it started to pour rain when we got there, so reach was a bit of an issue."

They decided to position the 25-ton NRC on the front of the tanker and the 50-ton Jerr-Dan to the rear of the tanker.

"We ran two lines with snatch blocks for a downward pull from the 25-ton," said Hawk. "We ran a four-part line using the drag winch from the 50-ton to pull on the rear of the tanker and used the two boom winches to catch the tanker."

Once it was back on its wheels, they winched it out of the mud and back on to the road and prepared it for towing back to Hawk's yard with Bad Behavior.

Hawk proudly stated, "Another job well done my team and me!"

Happy 30th to Hawk, his family and team ... here's wishing you many more years of towing excellence and happiness.

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