BLOOMINGTON - Working on the side of the road can be a dangerous job, but it’s one first responders, and tow truck operators do every day.
It's a situation emergency responder’s dread, working on the side of the road when other drivers aren't paying attention.
Larry brown says, "in that short time span, just that short time span, a semi had hit Danna Becker’s vehicle." The move over law is a law that's often over looked by people on the road.
The laws says when you're approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights, you're required to slow down and move over one lane.
Danvers Police Chief, Mike Kemp says, "the principle is simple, yet the consequences for not doing so are severe. Slow down and move over."
When you think of emergency responders, you probably think of police or firefighters, not tow operators, but they're just as much at risk.
"Hearing about them being killed, there's one every six days is killed," says Mike Corbin. That's what sparked the idea for the spirit ride.
Mike Corbin and his wife Ilce are the self proclaimed Spirit Ride Messengers. They said, "and here we are! It's amazing; it's an incredible journey so far."
They travel all around the country bringing awareness to the move over law, in the hopes of saving first responder's lives.
Sheryl Brown says, "we just need to get everybody aware, you know if we can save one life, today will be completely worth it."
They bring a custom coffin with them that symbolizes lives lost in emergency situations. That coffin is passed from one tow truck to the next until they've made it all across America.
At the end of the day, the message is simple. "We want our guys and our women to come home too, and those yellow lights mean a lot. Just slow down, move over. We want you to get home and we want to get home," says Brown.
The coffin was taken from Brown's towing in Bloomington to Joe’s towing in Peoria where it'll be ready for its next stop.
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