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AAA offering free roadside service to medical workers, first responders in April

AAA will provide free towing, jumpstarts, lockout service, fuel delivery and battery service.
AAA offering free roadside service to medical workers, first responders in April. Pictured is traffic along U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park in March. [Chris Urso | Times]
AAA offering free roadside service to medical workers, first responders in April. Pictured is traffic along U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park in March. [Chris Urso | Times] [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 14, 2020

Local first responders and medical workers will have free roadside assistance in for the rest of the month through AAA, the Auto Club Group.

“These frontline workers are spending tireless hours protecting us while at work, and we want to protect them on their journey there and back,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said Tuesday. "The least we can do is make sure they are taken care of if they have car trouble during this critical time.”

AAA will provide free towing, jump-starts, lockout service, fuel delivery and battery service for those workers in Tampa and St. Petersburg regardless of whether they are AAA members.

Among those covered by the service are law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, military personnel and medical professionals who are classified as essential workers.

To prevent additional spread of the coronavirus, AAA employees who respond to service calls will practice social distancing, not shake hands and disinfect and clean the service vehicles and equipment after every call. That includes the vehicle itself, seat belts, door handles and cell phones.

During this time, passengers won’t be allowed to ride in AAA service vehicles.

Those who need the service can call 833-222-3284. For more information, visit AAA.com/hero. When an AAA technician comes to provide the service, first responders and medical workers will be asked to show identification, such as a company ID or a document showing travel approval, to verify that they are among the groups covered by the program.

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