Callahan Towing in Holley wins award from American Towman Magazine

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 December 2021 at 8:50 pm

Provided photos: Nick Callahan receives a pin from a model after being inducted into the The Order of Towman during the 32ndAnnual American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md.

HOLLEY — The owner of a towing company in Holley has been inducted into The Order of Towman by American Towman Magazine.

Nicholas Callahan of Callahan Towing was awarded the Cross of The Order with a Maltese Cross with a unique towing icon. Receiving the Cross of the order puts Callahan into an elite organization of towing professionals nationwide. He was presented the honor last month at the 32ndAnnual American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md.

Sarah Callahan

He was nominated for the recognition by Harris Reed, fire chief of the Murray Joint Fire District. Reed cited Callahan’s community involvement and his work with accident-related tows when dispatched by law enforcement and fire departments.

Nick and his wife Sarah Callahan moved Callahan Towing from Batavia to 106 Geddes St. in Holley about two years ago. They have the contract for emergency towing in eastern Orleans County in the towns of Kendall, Murray and Clarendon.

The Callahans respond to numerous automobile accidents and stay busy with other towing jobs, including emergency roadside assistance and moving vehicles for an auction company.

Both Nick and Sarah operate the tow trucks, and they respond to calls at all hours of the day.

Nick was 18 when he started working for a towing company. At the time his car broke down and he needed to be towed. He talked with the tow operator on scene and even helped to get the car hooked to the tow truck. Soon he had a job with the towing business.

He enjoys the challenge of the job and helping people who are often in distress.

“You need to be able to think on your feet and do it fast,” he told the Orleans Hub during an interview last year.

He knows it is an inconvenience for other motorists when a road is closed due to an accident or incident with a vehicle off the road. He tries to work quickly, while preserving as much of a damaged vehicle as possible.

Callahan Towing in March organized a “Slow Down Move Over Brigade” with tow operators travelling from Rochester to Buffalo. The group of tow trucks traveled about 25 miles per hour so drivers would pay more attention to tow operators on the road.

File photo by Tom Rivers: Sarah and Nick Callahan are shown in this photo from October 2020 when they were preparing for an open house with the community featuring tow trucks and fire apparatus.