Donald Rzepka owner of Al’s Towing Service of South Amboy, NJ has been named the Garden State Towing Association’s 2010 Towmen of the Year.
Towmen of the year, given annually, is awarded to a GSTA member or employee of a GSTA Member Company based on heroism, community service, extreme recovery, or industry accomplishments that benefit the towing industry.
This year marks Don’s 40th anniversary not only as an owner but tow operator as well. Don has committed himself 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to his business and the industry. This is his passion, his life; it is what makes him who he is.
Over his forty years Don has always given back to the community. He has hosted many First Aid and Fire Department extrication trainings, providing vehicles as well as location. These valuable trainings allow rescue workers to practice and use new tools to save lives at vehicle collision scenes. He donates his flatbed truck to local youth sports and church groups to be used as floats in parades and supplies the local high school with a wrecked vehicle to display during prom season to deter drinking and driving in addition to supporting numerous community events and fundraisers throughout the years. When a local First Aid Department had a fire at their building, Don willingly assisted them by storing their Ambulances while repairs were made to the building.
Don is a Silver Life Member of the Sayreville Policemen’s Benevolent Association, a member of the GSTA, president of the Sayreville Wrecker Association, and a member of the Order of the Towman, from American Towman. He is also a member of the Towman 500, being recognized as one of the oldest tow companies in the United States. He is a well known and respected member of the community.
Don resides in South Amboy with his wife Gladys and has two daughters, Jill who works in the business with him, and Janet.
The Garden State Towing Association is the recognized towing association in New Jersey and the only state towing association that is affiliated with the national Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA). GSTA represents the interests of over two hundred companies in New Jersey.