A Muskogee tow truck company is getting national attention after being featured on the show "Hustle and Tow" that airs on A&E.
Tow truck operator Nik Morgan is the owner of Morgan Towing & Recovery and was called up by the show's producers last year, and ;ives life in the fast lane.
"Actually, thought it was a joke!" Morgan admitted, "I got the phone call for a reason and maybe the good Lord‘s got me on there on a reason to give a message."
From rescuing stranded drivers to picking up overturned semi's, Morgan says he's seen it all. The series highlights the "day-in-the-life" of a tow truck operator.
"Being on the national stage is pretty surreal to me; I always thought I was just a tow truck driver, just like anybody else and they want to walk around filming me doing my stuff doing what I do every day. To me, it’s just a job but to them they think I’m a hero that helps save people's lives and keep people from dying on the white line." Morgan admitted.
Nik's company is based out of Muskogee and one of eight companies across the country featured on the show.
Producers say they picked Nik's business to highlight the rural dangers of the Midwest.
"Everyday, tow truck operators encounter such varied and unpredictable obstacles — they truly embody the phrase 'expect the unexpected,'" said Benjamin Nurick, executive producer of Hustle & Tow (A&E) and president of Bodega Pictures. "As producers, it was paramount to us while scouting shops for the series to immerse our viewers in this world. We were immediately drawn to Nik and the Morgan Towing team in Muskogee – which we felt really represented the heartland of America. Nik is such a dynamo, and when you find a subject who lives for his work the way he does, that energy is impossible to ignore. We love having Morgan Towing on the show and it's no surprise to us that the audience has fallen for these characters," Nurick added.
The show began airing a few weeks ago, and Morgan hopes he proves tow truck operators are front-line heroes -- keeping drivers safe and America moving.
"People think tow truckers are just the old fat guy. But, we run a professional business --- we run a very successful business and it shows through the screen --- it shows through the lens and I’m really proud of that," Morgan added.
There are new episodes of Hustle and Tow every Tuesday at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. central.