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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Another Undeserved Murder

Due to me being sick last week I wasn’t able to post this, so here you go a week late.

On February 25, 1997 a man that I considered my second dad, Jeff Still, was killed by a drunk driver. Jeff was a man I looked up to in all aspects of life: He loved the Lord, he played Division I football in college, and he was a model husband and father to his two little boys—all things I aspired to each day of my young life [I was 16 years old when he was killed].

Jeff always listened to me, encouraged me, stuck up for me in the face of much adversity, and believed in me that the crazy goals I had could, and would, come true with enough faithful dedication and love.

I loved Jeff (I called him Coach Still) so very much. I still have a picture of him hanging on my refrigerator, and even in writing this my heart hurts remembering who he was and what he meant to me.

As I posted on October 17th, please do not drink and drive. There are too many innocent lives lost by stupid, and very preventable decisions to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk [and by drunk I mean ANY drinks at all]. I am not judging anyone who does drink. I am just trying to prevent more lives that will be taken away from potential friends and families who will miss that person everyday—wishing they were there for just one more day to share one more experience. Always remember that just because someone thinks they are “ok” to drive, doesn’t mean they actually are. There is no excuse.

Much love.


Brytne said...

I'm sorry about your Coach. I completely agree with your blog and feel VERY strongly against drinking and driving!

Anonymous said...

March 12, 1964, when I was 16, the principal & 2 cheerleaders(one actually died the next day) were killed coming back from a basketball 'playoff' game by a drunk driver in a headon crash. His passenger was also killed.
This has solidified my feelings about drunk driving & seat belt use. (Seat belts were a new 'invention' at that time & I feel they could have saved some of these folks.)
A Calvinistic addendum: The least injured cheerleader became a Christian in the 80s. PTL!
I feel your pain, Andrew. There are too many drunks on the road & too little punishment, etc.

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to get posted, except for being anonymous.
I posted the last comment about 1964. [The drunk driver who was 39 at that time, later died in a fire that killed other folks when he was 58, if I got the info right.]
Mrs "T" :)

susan la veau said...

coach still was an amazing teacher and friend. he was so easy to talk to and always made time if u needed help.his brother was the same way.