Memorial planned for tow truck operator who died on duty

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – To remember the life of tow truck driver Bruce Olofson who died Thursday while on duty, …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – To remember the life of tow truck driver Bruce Olofson who died Thursday while on duty, a memorial is planned for March 13th.

On Thursday, March 4th, police, paramedics, and fire rescue were called to Troyer Ventures on reports of a workplace fatality. RCMP concluded their investigation saying the death was not deemed suspicious. RCMP turned over the investigation to WorkSafeBC.

First Choice Towing owner Darren Clark says tow truck drivers will meet in the Safeway parking lot before noon on Saturday, and trucks will do a parade up 100th Street, around the bypass, and back to the Safeway parking lot. Clark says RCMP will be involved, as well as fire rescue, ambulance services, and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement.

Clark says the incident occurred in what he calls a safe zone.

“We call that a safe zone where he got killed because he wasn’t out on the highway. There were no vehicles at a high rate of speed going by him. It was a wrong choice of events, what he entered into, and what ended his life,” says Clark.

Clark says Bruce Olofson had been working for First Choice Towing for about 12 years, but he had a ton of experience in the towing industry.

“The man was 61 years old, and he probably towed for more than half his life. Down in Prince George, Vancouver, or in Fort Nelson, that was his calling.”

No two incidents are identical, and Clark says every time a tow truck operator goes to a call, they don’t know what risks could be involved. Clark says this incident was one of those.

“I’ve personally been towing since 1981. This is the first time that this has ever happened and hopefully, it never does again.”

While this incident happened in a safe zone, Clark had advice for motorists out on the roads.

“Every given day out on the highway, the number of motor vehicles that don’t slow down and move over for emergency vehicles or personnel working on the highways. Just ask the motoring public to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles working on the highway.”

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