Tow Truck Drivers in Funeral Procession

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Wichita, Kan. --

Dozens of tow truck drivers, perhaps more than 60, turn out to honor one of their own killed by a hit and run driver.

Heidi Burton and numerous family members and friends watched the procession arrive at the Resthaven cemetery in west Wichita.

Burton says, "I couldn't ask for a better way to send my husband off. He would of loved this."

Scott Burton was a 39 year old Wichita tow truck driver for Tow Services, Inc.

Heidi says driving trucks was something Scott always loved to do.

Burton was answering a call on Highway 50 just west of Stafford November 5th.

He was down to securing the last chain as he loaded a disabled charter bus onto his truck's flat bed trailer when a motorist struck and killed him and then drove off.

Gary Cole of AAA towing says there's a brotherhood of tow truck drivers. About the procession Cole says, "It's like the police, you know. One goes down and the rest stick by them."

Tow Truck Driver Bryan Page says, "We're paying tribute to those who've gone before us. And quite simply we have to. We've got to honor our own. We've got to take care of our own. Anytime you see somebody working out on the highway be courteous, pull over, slow down. Not only is it the law. It's the right thing to do."

The tow truck drivers drove from the Tow Services, Inc. lot on south Broadway to the west Wichita Resthaven cemetery.

If anyone knows who might be responsible for the hit and run accident are asked to call the Kansas Highway Patrol.


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