Ron and Amy Shirley of “Lizard Lick Towing” arrived in Lexington on August 5, 2014. No, they weren’t there to repo a car, boat, motorcycle, truck or anything like that. They came to take part in the Lexington Police Department’s Annual National Night Out.
According to Dispatch, Ron and Amy’s presence drew in a record number of people of over 12,000. Ron told the Dispatch, “I'm probably as surprised as an Amish electrician in a power plant. We've done several National Night Outs and I've never seen one with this many people. … This is absolutely amazing.”
Once a year, on the first Tuesday in August, the public is invited to come to Lexington and attend the National Night Out. The City of Lexington website describes the event as, "The National Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your family to get to know the public servants that are dedicated to keeping you safe."
The event not only tries to make people aware of ways to prevent crime, like locking your doors and taking the keys out of the ignition, they also have several different fundraisers. One benefit was geared toward the victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and gender violence.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” where men donned high heels and carried purses, walked down the street. People donated money into their purses. The funds they collected went to the domestic violence shelter and prevention programs of FSDC. Some of the city and county’s big names took part in the event like Frank Callicutt, Lexington city councilman, Lee Jessup, president of the Davidson County United Way, and Robert Hyatt, Davidson County manager. Many of them complained about how the heels were high and hurt their feet, but in reality, that helped draw more attention or awareness to what women go through at the hands of their abusers.
Lee Jessup said, “It's something we should all be for, but it's a great thing when men can come together as a group, have fun and celebrate the fact that nobody needs to do violence toward women of any age. This whole night is a celebration of us and the neighborhood, and we can start by being good citizens and taking care of our women.”
Frank Callicutt reports that domestic violence is not something that people want to talk about, especially if that person is the victim. They want to bring awareness, so people know it is not all right for someone to abuse them.
On one episode of “Lizard Lick Towing,” Amy came to the defense of one woman who came in with a man for a book left in her car. The man she was with, backed the young lady in a corner. Amy didn’t turn her head away; she tackled the problem head on. She came out of the office and told him to stop. The man slapped Amy and that's when Amy jumped on him. Ron and Bobby came out in time to throw him out the door. Then, to make sure that the women stayed safe, Amy personally drove her home. Being a power lifter, Amy can handle just about any male that threatens her.
Ron is an ordained minister of the Dirt Church. He boldly claims that the success of his show comes from God and he often includes God’s word in the show. He may be a TV star, but he maintains his down-home personality. “We are regular folks,” he said. “The business is real. We work every day, trying to make ends meet. … These are our people, Walmart shopping, bass fishing, deer hunting, farmers.”
Lizard Lick Towing is one of the few shows where the stars aren’t swearing, using the F*** word or including sexual context in their show to gain ratings.