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Updated: Friend hopes GoFundMe gives Oshawa tow trucker a “proper send off”

Todd Burgess, 56, was pulling a motorist out of the ditch

A 56-year-old Oshawa tow truck driver was struck and killed this morning near Port Perry while pulling another motorist out of a ditch. (Image courtesy of Sgt. Kerry Schmidt/OPP)

After an Oshawa tow truck driver was killed in Port Perry yesterday, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help give him a “proper send off.”
Todd Burgess, 56, was on the scene on Highway 12, just north of Scugog Line 2, when another vehicle began sliding on the slippery roadway and struck him.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said via a social media video that Burgess died on scene after being hit around 8 a.m.
Schmidt urged other motorists to slow down when approaching first responder vehicles such as tow trucks.
The goal of the GoFundMe is to raise $10,000, which $7,326 has already been raised as of Friday afternoon.
The fundraiser is organized by Burgess’ friend, Brad Fenney, who was also on the scene.
“Todd was 56-years-old and was well known in the Scugog and Bowmanville area for driving a taxi and working with Ray’s Towing,” writes Fenney, calling Burgess a “dear friend.”
According to Fenney, Burgess resided in Oshawa with his mother.
“We’re setting up this GoFundMe account in hopes of being able to raise enough money to give him a proper send off as he so much deserves,” he wrote. “Todd would have given anyone the shirt off his back even before they asked.”
One donor described Fenney as an “excellent guy that always got my friends and I home or to an event safely.”
“He played a big role in having fun in the little town of Port Perry for without him we would never get to where we wanted to be,” wrote Brendon James. “Now he is up in a place where we all hope to go, but sooner than I’m sure he would like to have gone.”
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