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Donnie Cruse Recovery Awards

Presented for
The Most Challenging Recovery Your Company Performed with Excellence
Award Classes: Light-Duty, Medium-Duty, Heavy-Duty

How to Enter

Select an especially challenging recovery performed by your company. Send photos or video of the recovery. If possible, include a short summary. Applicants selected for further review will be contacted for additional details.

Email electronic submissions to:


Download entry form (PDF)
Mail printed entry forms to:
Brendan Dooley, Editor
American Towman
7 West Street
Warwick, NY 10990

Award History and Q&A with Donnie’s son, Justin Cruse

Can you tell me a little about the Donnie Cruse Awards? Specifically, why and when were they started?
The Donnie Cruse Awards were created in 2003 as a way to highlight spectacular recoveries performed by industry professionals. Our goal was not only to recognize excellence in recovery, but also to memorialize and preserve the impact that Donnie Cruse left on this great industry.
What are the requirements for submitting an application for the awards? Also, what are you are looking for from an applicant?
Anyone can submit a recovery for consideration in the three categories of light-, medium- and heavy-duty recovery. The minimum requirements for submitting a recovery for consideration are to provide the applicant’s contact information along with photos of the recovery performed. If an application makes it past the initial review, the selection committee will contact the applicant for a description of the recovery, but please include a write-up or summary if you have one.
What are the submission dates? Can someone submit an application all year long? If they have missed the cut off dates will their application be held till the following year?
The cut-off for submitting an application for consideration is October 1st, although recoveries can be submitted anytime throughout the year. Applications received after October 1st will be entered for the following calendar year.
After an application is submitted, what are the next steps?
Once an application is received by the selection committee it undergoes an initial review, and based on various factors the selection committee may choose to submit the application for final consideration. At this time, if a description of the recovery was not submitted with the original application, a member of the committee will reach out to the applicant to request one. Award recipients will be contacted after the October 1st final consideration.
When are the award winners announced?
Each year the award winners are recognized during The Donnie Cruse Memorial Recovery Awards Luncheon at the American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, MD.

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