Caravan of wreckers honor TDOT worker - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Caravan of wreckers honor TDOT worker

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of area wrecker companies took time out Sunday to remember a TDOT Help Truck worker killed while trying to help a stranded motorist.

Sunday morning, the wreckers, many of which weigh more than a ton, formed a caravan that rolled through Memphis in honor of Robert Nowicki.

"He worked a couple of wrecks for us," said Champ Hallam with Mase Wrecker Service.  "He was a real nice guy ... He would do anything for you."

On June 20, Nowicki was helping the driver of a stalled semi truck when an oncoming tractor trailer ran into him.  Nowicki died at the scene, along with the driver of the truck that hit him.

"He was just a great guy," said John Thomas with TDOT.  "His whole career was as a first responder with either the Help program, a police officer for the city of New York or Marines.  His career was helping people."

The TDOT and two truck company workers are now trying to help Nowicki's family.  They used the caravan to honor him and raise donations for his family.

"He has a wife and four kids," said Thomas.

Shortly before the caravan began, all the wreckers showed up at an East Memphis shopping center.  The trucks lined up two by two in a show of support for Nowicki and his family.

"We're just like a family," said Hallam.  "Just like the police and fire department, we work together."

For more information on the fundraiser for Nowicki, contact TDOT at 731-225-6041.

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