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Fresh out of school and flushed with the excitement of receiving the first paycheck from his new job, Jack headed out to local bar for a Friday night celebration with his coworkers. He had too much to drink but chose to drive home anyway, colliding with another car and killing the driver.

Jack spent the next six years of his young life in the state prison with plenty of time to think about how one very bad choice not only altered the course of his own life, but ended another... that of a man who was someone's son, someone's husband, and someone's father.

Finished with his prison sentence, Jack has been released and is slowly rebuilding his future; he's about to become a father... with the rest of his life to think about the child who lost his own. One choice made all the difference.*

*This is a true story, details have been changed to protect his privacy.

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10 comments:

  1. It's an all too common story, because the human race is prone to think "it will never happen to me." Very well told!

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    1. Sadly true, and such a cost for all concerned!

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    1. Yes it is, Jo-Anne. A person who has been drinking almost always thinks they are ok to drive. even when they aren't.

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  3. A very hard, sad lesson for all involved. Perhaps his (this) story can prevent someone else making the same very bad choice.
    I Saw it on Facebook at Life & Faith in Caneyhead. :)

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    1. I think he should be out speaking at schools, sharing his story in a way that might reach young people who think they are bullet-proof.

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  4. Drinking and driving, never a good choice. Too bad his coworkers didn't stop him.

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    1. I agree, Janet. But I'm guessing they were probably all at about the same level of intoxication. We have to be responsible for our own choices, or as in his case, the price paid can be huge.

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  5. So sad and it happens too often. Hopefully, something redeeming will come from this awful happening. Thanks for sharing what though tragic people need to hear and heed.

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    1. I'm praying that he will never consider driving again if he's had something to drink. Now that he's about to become a father he will hopefully realize how important it is to make wise choices to protect not only the ones you love, but everyone out there on the road.

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