Archive for July, 2014

anthony harder

Some people are only good at one thing. Others, like Central Specialist Anthony Harder, have a variety of talents and skills.

Before starting at BAT in September 2013, Anthony worked as a utility locator. He is certified in all 50 states to find gas, water, electric, phone and cable lines.

Outside of work, he manages and promotes the music groups Dummy Head Torpedo and The Blue Room Trio.

He also enjoys playing basketball, and his favorite team is the LA Lakers.

It’s no surprise the Omaha native values teamwork and credits his teammates for making him great at his job.

Family time seems to be at its peak in the summer months. When not working hard at BAT, we enjoy our moments with family and friends.

Ashley Jankowski visits her grandparents’ house on a lake in Columbus, Neb. The area is known for its outdoor activities, but family is what makes it Ashley’s favorite summer place.

While others like to escape to favorite spots on lakes and rivers, Steve Barnes prefers to stay at home.

“My favorite part of summer is sitting outside at night grilling out with my friends and neighbors,” he said.

Steve and his friends also like to play outside games like bags and Polish horseshoes.

Most of the time we see trucks driving along the interstates and other well-traveled roads. But, sometimes, they make deliveries in places that if not careful, could be treacherous for the 18-wheelers.

I recently moved to a house with what could be considered a treacherous driveway. It has two curves, fairly easy for a car to handle, but apparently difficult for a moving truck.

The driver got up the driveway with quite a bit a stopping, planning and maneuvering. But, on the way out, he took the first curve a little too tight and ended up almost sending the trailer off the edge of a 15-foot drop.

A tow truck driver and his pre-teen daughter came to save the day. As he figured out how he was going to get the moving truck out, the girl reassured us that her daddy was the best, and that they’ve helped trucks in worse situations. He somehow quickly turned his truck around in our driveway (so, he is also an amazing driver), and then used a huge tree as leverage to pull the moving truck back on track.

This tow truck operator is certainly a hero for trucks, as many others across this country are. Their job can be dangerous, as they are saving large vehicles from sticky situations, and sometimes are doing so as traffic is zooming by. They are truly road heroes.