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Boca Raton I-95 overpass named in memory of tow truck driver

Posted at 7:29 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 06:46:28-05

Judy Randolph misses her husband's presence every day.

 "What I miss most about him, absolutely everything." Richard Randolph died April 2017. The tow truck driver responded to a tractor-trailer dangling off the Congress Avenue overpass. 

Tuesday morning at the Boca Raton Fire Rescue auditorium, local and state leaders announced the overpass will be named in Randolph's memory.

Bob Murphy with the FDOT Traffic Incident Management Team said,  "This is one of the first times that we know of certainly in the state and in the country where a bridge is named after a fallen tow truck operator."

Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer was there for the ceremony. 

"Richard Randolph was a long time Boca resident and it's only fitting that we honor his life's work in making others safe on this First Responders Week," he said. 

Randolph's boss, Jim Jennings with Emerald Towing, reached out to leaders to make this a reality.

 "After this happened with Richard you have that need like what can be done how can we bring awareness, how can we not forget."

Fellow tow truck drivers stood by Randolph's widow, taking pictures with one of the signs. Leaders are hoping the signs will remind drivers to be cautious on the overpass and any time they are on the roadways.

Meanwhile, Judy misses her best friend. "Holding each other's hands and saying good night in bed and we would give each other hugs before he would go to work every day. I know he will always be there to guide and protect me."