Big Ed Award

The Big Ed award was named after Ed Batson from Power’s Towing. When Ed passed away he left to the PTROI a gun collection which was worth several thousand dollars. This was a huge boost to the relatively new PTROI. The award named in his honor is awarded to someone that is an asset to the PTROI, to the towing industry, and to their community. Dick Bartel of Dick’s Towing was the first winner of the Big Ed Award, and thereafter was named the steward of the award. In September, 2021, due to the passing of Dick Bartel, Wes Kochel, of Wes Kochel,  Inc., was appointed as the new steward of the Big Ed Award. We thank Dick and congratulate Wes and thank the following PTROI members that made such efforts on behalf of the PTROI. (We have done our best to compile the names and year of award winners. If you have any information that can assist us please call the PTROI office at 800-286-0519.)

PTROI Big Ed Winners


Year Name Company
Dick Bartel Dick’s Towing Service, Inc.
Joe Pedigo Joe’s Towing
Larry Trail Trail Towing
Bill Howard Naperville Towing Service
Tom Caesar
Eve Bramlette Wayne-Built
1997 Katy Cooper Cooper’s Towing
1998 Bob Bowers A-1 Towing
1999 Helen Skrocki Ambassador Car Carriers
2000 Larry Trail Trail Towing
2002 Ed Forsythe Jack’s Towing, Inc.
2003 Doug Wilson TMW Towing, Inc.
2005 Kevin Tondini Tondini’s Wrecker Service
2006 JR Bramlette Airline Towing
2007 Jerry Aurenz A Auto Truck
2008 Dan Bertagnolli

Joe Braverman

SMT Towing

E&R Towing

2009 Marci Gratzianna O’Hare Towing Service, Inc.
2010 Susan Jepsen Reynolds Towing, Inc.
2011 Toni Byrnes E & B Towing
2012 Larry McKay Suburban Towing and Recovery, Inc.
2013 Jeff Skvarla Auto-Medics, Inc.
2014 Jim Bresnahan Chariot Towing
2015 Bill Wishard A to Z Towing
2016 John Meyers Grosse Point Towing
2018 Mike Depoister TriPower Towing and Recovery, Inc.
2019 Wes Kochel Wes Kochel, Inc.
2020 Larry Kochel Wes Kochel, Inc.
2021 Bruce Pedigo Joe’s Towing and Recovery, Inc.
2022 Dana Bernagye Petes’ A Towing
2023 Jack Herman Wildwood Service

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