All images © Jeffrey Smith

Honoring Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz, 28, an Owner/Operator at Preferred Towing in Port Huron, was killed Jan. 15, 2016 when he was struck and killed by a driver that attempted to pass his truck on the shoulder of the road while he was pulling a stranded motorist from a ditch. On Jan. 20, hundreds of friends, family, and tow truck drivers from across the Midwest and Ontario gathered for a service to honor him and support his family. It was humbling and an incredible privilege to photograph the service. The showing of support was overwhelmingly powerful- the procession was miles long, lined with supporters, first responders, and ladder trucks with hanging flags. It served as a reminder of the strength of community and how awesome people can be, during a time when it seems the evil of the world is winning. Jason leaves behind hundreds of friends and family, a wife and three young children. I've thought about them every day since the service and I hope the family can eventually find peace.