Tow truck driver killed on the job will be added to Wall of the Fallen

BAY VIEW Grieving widow Tenna Reiman will never forget the day her husband John "Jack" Rei
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

BAY VIEW

Grieving widow Tenna Reiman will never forget the day her husband John "Jack" Reiman died, but thanks to Bay View Mayor Paul Snyder, neither will anyone else.

Jack, who was a tow truck driver for Snyder's Towing, a business owned by Snyder, was hit and killed a year ago by a car on Ohio 2 while he was changing a tire for a stranded motorist.

He was recently selected to be remembered on the Wall of the Fallen, a memorial site at the Tow Truck Hall of Fame, a museum in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Wall of the Fallen was dedicated in Sept. 2006 and recognizes the names of tow truck drivers who have died in the line of duty.

"It's just important they be recognized for their ultimate sacrifice like a police officer or a firefighter," said Museum Director Cheryl Mish, who said 50 to 60 tow truck drivers are killed nationwide in the line of duty every year.

Shortly after Jack's death last year, Snyder received a packet from a friend about the tow truck memorial. He applied to have Jack's name included on it, a process that took four to five months to be approved by a committee.

"He was a good friend, a real good friend and a good worker. He deserved it," Snyder said about Jack, who worked as an electrician and towed for Snyder for more than a year before he died.

Tenna Reiman and their three children were forced to relive the worst day of their lives on Monday, the one-year anniversary of his death.

"It feels like it's been five years," Tenna said Monday afternoon.

The couple's children were outside playing and didn't seem to realize the significance of the day for their mother, who was in obvious pain as she stared out of her living room window and reflected on the tragic event.

She said she's not sure she will ever be able to recover from losing Jack, but having him remembered on the wall makes her happy because he will be remembered for the great man he was.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 15. Tenna said she does not plan to attend the ceremony because it would be too difficult to travel.

"That's probably an excuse," she added. "It would just be too painful."

Snyder said he will try his best to attend the ceremony or have someone attend on his behalf.

Bay View Village Council dedicated their own memorial to Jack -- who was a Bay View councilman for six years -- in June near the Lake Erie shore on Bayview Drive in the village.

"He did a lot for the village," Snyder said. "If something needed to be done, he'd do it."