Sgt. Jorge Fortuno, Deputy Robert Andrews,
Lt. George Alec and, Sgt. Jerome Waiters.
On April 7 & 8, 2004, the Florida Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the Bradenton Police Department and the Palmetto Police Department, participated in annual rotation wrecker inspections in Manatee County.
In the two day period, more than 10 towing companies and 50 wreckers will go through driver, equipment and mechanical inspections to ensure compliance with established rules and regulations set forth to ensure public safety. In addition, background checks were conducted on all wrecker operators and drivers to determine whether their licenses were valid and if they had a past criminal history.
Wreckers going through the inspection process.
Thanks to the efforts of the participating agencies, the entire inspection process, which normally takes weeks to accomplish, took just two days. The standards of the inspections were consistent and fair to all wrecker companies. The FHP commends Lieutenant George A. Alec Jr., Troop F, who initiated and coordinated this very successful wrecker inspection operation.