ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) - Hundreds of people, including family, friends and tow truck drivers from across the Northeast, gathered Wednesday to bid farewell to Daniel Coady, who was killed last week while responding to a crash on Interstate 495 in Andover.
With yellow safety lights flashing, countless tow trucks lined Route 114 and filled the Andover Mall parking lot in a massive outpouring for Coady’s funeral procession.
“It shows that no matter what shirt you put on, what truck you drive, what company, we’re all there for each other,” said Jamie Farrell, of Stephen’s Automotive.
Tow drivers from as far away as New York and New Jersey made the trip north to honor a fallen colleague. Coady worked for the Lawrence-based Coady’s Towing Services.
The North Andover native, known to many as “Little Danny,” was towing a vehicle from a crash on 495 south when a woman struck and killed him with her car.
Investigators said the driver – Sheena Dion – was drunk at the time. She is facing several charges, including motor vehicle homicide.
“Dan Coady left his home that night to tow a wrecked vehicle off the highway and he expected to return to his family. He never did,” said Todd Chase, of the Mass. Statewide Towing Association.
It wasn’t just tow truck drivers that joined the solemn solute. Emergency responders, including state troopers, came out to pay their respects.
“We work hand-in-hand together,” Mass. State Police Sgt. Brian McAnally said. “We all face the same dangers.”
Tow drivers say they hope the powerful funeral procession sends a message to motorists to steer clear of emergency responders.
Coady leaves behind a wife and two young sons.
Watch the procession in the video below:
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