Towing experts talk safety on first day of Tennessee Tow Show

Bill Giorgis, vice president of TT Publications, looks at the Wall of the Fallen at the International Towing and Recovery Museum and Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. This weekend at the Tennessee Tow Show, dozens more names will be added to the wall that honors members of the towing industry who were killed in the line of duty.

For the fourth consecutive year, tow truck operators, owners and experts from all over are converging on Chattanooga - the Mecca and Coopers- town of the towing world - for the Tennessee Tow Show, which started Thursday and runs through Saturday at the convention center.

Events kicked off Thursday morning with instructional seminars and will conclude Saturday night with the annual hall of fame induction ceremony and dinner. In between there will be events honoring tow truck operators killed in the line of duty and gift presentations to the families of fallen operators.

Chattanooga is the birthplace of the commercial tow truck. Auto repairman and garage owner Ernest Holmes invented the mechanical, for-hire wrecker in 1916 after struggling six hours to fish a man's car out of South Chickamauga Creek.