As trucks drove off during a fundraiser for Scotty Arnold - a 23-year-old tow truck driver, shot last week on the job - his father was on the phone with him.
"All I know is he's taking therapy and they're telling him he'll never walk again," says Harold Arnold, Scotty's father. "He's the only son I have. We're going to work through it."
Philip Julian with the Mid-South Towing Association says, "At the moment he's paralyzed and if he can't come out of that he certainly won't be operating a wrecker again. I don't know anyone who operates a wrecker from a wheelchair."
With the prospect of Scotty being paralyzed, his fellow wreckers put their trucks into gear and raised money for his medical expenses and to help with his three kids.
"We just want him to remember all us wreckers stand behind each other and when another driver needs another wrecker we get there and try to help them out," says Champ Hallam from Mace's Wrecker Service.
Drivers did a "last run-around" - the Interstate 40 loop around Memphis - which they say is a sign of respect and support for tow truck drivers, and they wanted to give that to Scotty. They also gave him an estimated $1,100.
"We had to do all we can to support our own and support each other in this," says Julian.
And Arnold's father says support goes a long way in recovery.
If you would like to contribute to Scotty's recovery fund, you can make a donation at Citizen's Bank in Byhalia, Mississippi, to the care of Scotty Arnold.
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