My wife, Maureen, reservedly showed me Larry Treffry’s Oct. 3 letter to the editor, “Turn loss into win.” We don’t know him but concur with his sentiments. Hopefully, this addendum will be meaningful.
On June 9, 1982, the night after his sister’s Mead High School graduation, an Air Force Academy cadet at the top of his class for both academic and military excellence was killed in a car crash caused by the negligent driving of his best friend. The cadet’s parents pleaded that no litigation of any sort be considered. The damage was done. Subsequently, the driver was afforded an unimpeded opportunity for a successful life. He exceeded, and succeeded.
Unfortunately, teenagers are often involved in or cause unintended tragedy. Last fall, three University High School friends – Preston Maher, McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier – were in another [deadly] crash. The devastated families need and deserve everyone’s support. But please consider that Preston needs forgiveness and support, not punishment. God bless the girls. Heaven is cool.
My family prays that all parties involved take the high road. Hopefully, God will bless you as he did us. We know your hurt because the cadet, Jeffrey M. O’Brien, was our oldest son.