A tow truck driver who died after being hit by a car while responding to a stalled vehicle on I-41 near Oneida Street this past Friday, is being remembered by friends. Local 5’s Kris Schuller went to Glenn’s Towing, where co-workers are mourning his death.
At Glenn’s Towing, Company President Darrell Henninger is in pain – mourning the tragic death of his employee and friend Jesse Hettmann.
“Just one of the greatest guys I’ve ever met,” said Henninger.
The tow truck driver died Friday after being hit by a car while trying to remove a stalled vehicle from the northbound lanes of busy I-41 near Oneida Street.
“Block of wood came out from under the truck he was hooking up, it skidded out into traffic lane and he went to retrieve it,” said Henninger. “Hindsight is always 20-20. I guess he really should have left it there.”
Henninger called Jesse a good man, a 3-year employee with a wife and two small children. He would always go the extra mile to help his co-workers.
“If someone had to miss lunch, he’d be the one to volunteer, to miss out on that and go take on another call,” Henninger said.
Monday night trucks of all sizes will gather near the Scheuring Road interchange and travel north on I-41 to Lombardi Avenue – passing the accident site – in an honor ride to remember Jesse.
“All of the trucks will get off at Lombardi Avenue with the exception of this one with Jesse’s wife,” Henninger said. “Should be pretty special, it should be a nice tribute to him.”
Henninger says it’s the least they can do to remember his friend. It’s a simple act for this father who is never coming home.
“He has two little kids, his youngest one will never know their dad,” Henninger said.