A Killeen tow truck driver who was struck and killed while helping a vehicle on the side of the road in May will be honored by the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Saturday.
Scott Bowles, who worked for Goode Towing in Killeen, will have his name placed on the memorial wall of fallen truck drivers in a ceremony held at the museum.
“I have very mixed emotions about this ceremony; it is a beautiful ceremony, and I am excited that my husband is being honored, but this was a terrible thing that happened,” Stephanie Bowles, Scott’s wife, said.
Stephanie and the couple’s son, Sean, are traveling to the museum for the ceremony. They will join the families of 25 other truck drivers who are also being memorialized on the wall, which currently contains around 400 names.
“When the ceremony begins, families receive a white balloon and a marker, and they can write messages to their loved ones on the balloon,” Kaitlynn Gibson with the museum said. “When the name of the loved one is called, the balloon is released and the family receives a certificate and a rose.”
Gibson also said that, after the ceremony, different sponsors traditionally hold family fellowships in the museum as a way to further honor and remember tow truck drivers who have died on the job.
Scott will be remembered by his wife and three sons, two of whom will not be able to attend the ceremony. Stephanie hopes the memorial will give Sean, their youngest son, some peace.
“It is kind of a farewell for my son,” Stephanie said. “It is important that he sees his father being recognized.”
According to Jeffrey Godwin with the museum, a truck driver is killed every six days on average while working on the side of the road. He said the wall — which is 50 yards wide and 10 yards deep — is one of the ways those who died while helping others on the road are honored.
After the accident in May, Scott was honored in another way in Killeen. A small memorial was placed on the side of the road where the accident occurred, along U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14 in Harker Heights. Stephanie said she visits the memorial often.
Stephanie and Scott worked for Goode Towing for 12 years, and Stephanie said she returned to work only a few weeks ago. She said she is a big advocate of the Slow Down, Move Over Law, which requires driver to change lanes away from any emergency vehicle and slow down when passing.
Stephanie said she hopes the ceremony and the awareness it brings will help protect other tow truck drivers.
“It will give me some peace to know that he is being recognized,” Stephanie said. “He was important, the things he did was important. If one life can be saved because of the awareness from this, his death will not have been in vain.”