My Father Robert Armstrong was a Highwayman because he got raised, lived, slept, worked, and died on the highway. He was twin to Burt Reynold. Robert was a tall, dark, and handsome man with a dark Cherokee skin tone (Arderhold, 2002). A tough and strong man, one would never want to mess with him. Aside from his work as a tow truck operator, he was also a fisherman, hunter, bowler and played tennis. My father began working as a tow truck operator barely as a teenager at Armstrong towing, which got owned by his parents (Hutchinson, 2005). Robert was a self educated man who never took a class for the commercial driver’s license- CDL, but got to learn how to drive 80000 lbs just as any other competent CDL driver. He was a hardworking man who provided for his family. He spent his entire life driving eighteen wheelers, heavy duty hook and chain; wheel lift and flat bed tow trucks (Brooks, 2004). He woke up early before sunrise and would not be home until long after sunset. He genuinely loved his line of work as a tow truck operator. My father was a hero to me. He almost knew about everything without a formal education! He once saved a woman and her baby by getting them out of their overturned car before the car caught fire (Dons, 2004). He was up to date with politics. He was a loudmouth who always let his opinion get known, and this got people to either love or hate him. He always put himself second before others. He would help stranded motorists on the highway get to safety during rain, snow or sleet. My dad got killed on the highway on September 20th of 2007. He saw his death coming in the shape of an 18 wheeler truck. As the 18 wheeler approached my dad, he dived into the center median for safety. The driver of the 18 wheeler turned left to the median, striking my dad as he finished his last tow for the day. He died alone on the highway. Robert Armstrong lived his life and died doing what he loved. He loved the freedom, the power of his heavy duty tow truck, and he even loved the danger of the highway (Baldick, 2008). Robert Armstrong died a Highwayman.
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