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Rocky Mount man to be honored at Wall of the Fallen

Posted September 11, 2015 10:23 p.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2015 11:01 p.m. EDT

— The owner of Jeff’s Wrecker Service in Rocky Mount was killed on Interstate 95 in Wilson last December while assisting a stranded motorist.

Jeff Rackley, 44, died as he lived—helping others.

“A saint, he was just a saint,” said Rackley’s wife, Wendy. “I know that he is in heaven because Jeff was a good man.”

For his years of dedication and unselfish service to his community in Rocky Mount, his name will be added to the Wall of the Fallen at the International Towing Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn. The wall honors tow truck drivers killed on duty.

“He was a great father, a great husband,” said Lauren Joyner, Rackey’s daughter. “He would always put others first. To this day he would want everyone to live their life like it’s the last day and do what you love.”

Joyner said she hopes people remember her father as a kind and humble man when they see his name at the memorial.

“We have happy tears and sad tears about why we’re here,” Joyner said. “It means the world to us. We knew that he was something special to us, but we didn’t realize how special he was to everyone else as well.”

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Joyner said she will be joined at the ceremony with Rackley’s friends and family.