“My Life Sentence”
My name is Vernon Hilyer aka: Brandon’s Dad. I share a true life story about my son’s fight with alcohol and the effects his choices had on everyone who knew and loved him. My son Brandon was an outstanding all-American kid that was full of life, but alcohol impaired his control and eventually robbed him of life. N
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‘Safe Driving Awareness’ Impacts Students
Vernon Hilyer of Clarion shares his “life sentence” to West Shamokin High School teenagers Friday afternoon during the annual “Safe Driving Awareness Day.” Hilyer’s 21-year-old son, Brandon, died after driving drunk in September 2008.
By Jonathan Weaver
Vernon Hilyer doesn’t
Presently 25,000 people are killed each year in alcohol related accidents.
One American life is lost every 30 minutes in alcohol related auto crashes.
It is estimated that one out of every two Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident in his or her lifetime.
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• Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities
• Every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash
• Teenage drivers are at a higher risk to be involved in a drinking and driving accident
• At the point when you have reached a six pack, your chances of being in a drunk driving accident are up to 44%.
My name is Vernon Hilyer aka: Brandon’s Dad. I share a true life story about my son’s fight with alcohol and the effects his choices had on everyone who knew and loved him. My son Brandon was an outstanding all-American kid that was full of life, but alcohol impaired his control and eventually robbed him of life. Now I serve a "Life Sentence" due to his drinking and driving. My Life Sentence is not one behind bars but a life full of sadness and emptiness. I share many things about his drinking world, both in high school and in college that most can relate to. My true-life story has had a life changing effect on many people. As you look through this site, think to yourself how this will impact your students. Working together we can save one more life.
If you are interested in my program and would like to help me impact more lives by delivering a presentation to your group or organization, or if you would just simply like to get more information click here to contact me.
Some key quotes from my presentations:
And not only how it effects you, but how it effects everyone around you..Forever
If a Police officer pulls you over for suspicion of DUI, You need to
thank them for possibly saving your life.
It's a phase; Most kids grow out of it,
Brandon will never see 22.
Think of your Mom and Dad,
What will they do when the police knock on their door?
Once Alcohol becomes important to you, it becomes important to have
The bar tender said, "When he left the bar he was fine." She was
the last one to see him alive.
We headed home to make arraignments to bury my son, my Drunk Driver
It was 8:00 in the morning and our lives have changed forever.
Please don't Drink, and definitely don't Drink and Drive.
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Brandons Dad added 7 new photos to the album: Slippery Rock Health Fest Oct 18.
This was the busies year I have had there. Thanks to Brian Mortimer for the best spot in the house
Short presentation with the Franklin Rotary today. Program was well received. I even knew 3 people there. :)
Tomorrow at lunch I will be presenting a mini program to the Franklin Rotary. Going to be another great day.
Michael Dill Thank you for the presentation today at Rotary. Keep saving lives!!
October 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm1
Brandons Dad Thank you Mike !
October 26, 2016 at 1:15 am
Brandons Dad added 2 new photos.
Stopped by the cemetery yesterday after church as I always do. I hate to pull the geraniums cause they are still green and have many new buds. These ones lasted well thru the fire hot summer. Usually they can't take the late summer heat. Anyway, as I trimmed off the dead flowers and took them to the high grass out back I noticed on the way back that we had a buck decide to visit and shine his antlers on the tree behind. Bad deer. :( I'll get some paint on it.
Imagine trying your parents trying to keep you burial site looking nice. It's just not right. Please, Don't (ever) Drink and Drive.
Paula Renee Kiffner Park It looks very nice. Sorry you have to do this though.
October 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm1
PeggyClark Donald Carper Our hearts understand your loss. We had to visit our granddaughters grave on our way home from Northumberland yesterday That hurts so bad to only have a picture on a stone to kiss
October 24, 2016 at 10:09 pm1
Faith Capretti 😘💕👏
October 24, 2016 at 10:13 pm1
Billie Jo Holibaugh Looks beautiful. Yer Awesome! Hugs
October 25, 2016 at 1:30 am1
So in todays Clarion News we read 4 different ladies were charged for squatting behind a dumpster, exposing themselves and urinating. This was followed by 5 others charged with purchasing Alcohol as a minor. So is it safe to say Alcohol is a problem in it's self in Clarion ? The police do their job to get them now the court system needs to do it's job and prosecute them and make it stick. We need to quit turning our heads and say "kids" .
Rina Aaron Wow who are the woman?
October 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm1
Reba McDonald Quinn will never stand up for that
October 21, 2016 at 2:09 am1
Brandons Dad Exactly.It a pay as yougo system in Clarion. It's sad. Quick buck for the system and go do it again!
October 21, 2016 at 2:34 am
Rina Aaron Thats so gross!
October 21, 2016 at 2:52 am
I spent the evening speaking as a guest at the Clarion County Adult Probation DUI Class tonight. I could have just stayed home and mulched my leaves as needed but I gave up a great evening trying to impact one more DUI offender.
Beverly Sherman You WILL make a difference. Bless you
October 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm1
Leslie Woolstrum Your work is not in vain
October 21, 2016 at 2:09 am1
Brandons Dad I can only hope
October 21, 2016 at 2:32 am1
Mary Beth Conner And you probably did. You have a good heart and a passion for what you do.
October 21, 2016 at 8:35 am
Heading to Slippery Rock University tomorrow morning to be part of their Health Fest. Maybe I'll find that student needing to hear my story and make a difference with them
Devin Young i wish IUP would have u come down and do the presentation i see so many students letting alcohol run their lives
October 18, 2016 at 3:32 am1
Mary Ann Palmer I will have my son stop in to see you. He saw your presentation at Corry high school.
October 18, 2016 at 11:38 pm1
I almost suspected Terrorist or some type of revenge when I first heard the news. Now we find out it was a Drunken Driver. More lives lost to a DUI crash.
How many more lives will it take till people start thinking "I could be next" ? Don't be the one who hurts someone badly or even kills them. What wold it do to your family or yours? I hope you care and start to overpower the choices made by Alcohol.
Please Don't Drink and Drive. ~ Brandon's Dad ~
I play this video during my program with premission from Simple Plan.
I have been asked where it could be found. It had been pulled for a while but I see it's back.
Please share, and Don't Drink and Drive. It destroys more lives the just the offender. Trust me I know. :(
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Please share and help me to help others make better choices. Thanks
Heading to Penns Maror High School in Clymer tomorrow. Special Thank you to Jeff Grim, Research Analyst-
Community Traffic Safety Project Coordinator from IUP. Jeff is a great person to partner with.
Going to be a great day for the families of those kids. I am looking to help one stuident understand why they Never want to Drink and Drive.
Mom had been in jail many time before on Drug charges. It is sad that the story says all the boy wanted to do was spend time with his mom. Yea, Fun Mom's just don't get it at times. Parents are supposed to be Parents, Not friends. Sad ending to a sad story.
Karey Mallory Rodgers I live in Venango County and worked for some attorneys. There was a case that I worked on that I will never forget. A woman lost her son to a terrible automobile accident. He had been at a friends house where the parents served the under-aged kids alcohol. With alcohol still in his system and sleep deprivation, he got behind the wheel the next morning and started to drive home when he wrecked. He was in the hospital in a coma for quite some time before he succumed to his injuries. This boy's mother came in to the office with a box full of things regarding her son. She wrote things in a notebook everyday that he was in the hospital. Even took photos of him in his casket. I was so crushed that the attorney that I worked for didn't want to take the time to go after the parents that were responsible for providing alcohol to these minors. Not a day goes by that I don't think about this mother that lost her only child.
October 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm
Isn't amazing that in todays Clarion News "For the Record" page that there are 8 different people charged with Purchasing Alcohol as a Minor at .... But we don't ever see it written as "so and so was charged for being the establishment that sold alcohol to minors. Or this person was charged with selling or supplying alcohol to minors"? (This is a third degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000-2,500+, depending on previous offenses) Guess that isn't as important as the money from the fine printed in the paper. We need to stop the enabling to minors.
Bill Young Thought the same thing when I read it.
October 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm1
Brandons Dad added 10 new photos to the album: Crawford County Celebrating Recovery — at Diamond Park.
Was a great day on Sept 23rd when we shared the new pedal cart event in Crawford County theu their Drug & Alcohol Commission
Brandons Dad Thank You Cheryl Nelson from Crawford County Drug & Alcohol for sharing these pictures with me today !
October 11, 2016 at 5:40 pm
Sarah Rice You do a great thing Brandon's dad.
October 11, 2016 at 10:23 pm1
Cheryl Nelson you carry a powerfu message Brandon's Dad and we are so grateful that you shared it with us. thank YOU ;)
October 12, 2016 at 12:39 am1
Brandons Dad added 18 new photos to the album: Apple Fest 2016 Franklin Pa.
Sponsored by the Franklin Chamber we were on hand all day today to talk to as many people as we could about Underage drinking and the bad choice of Driving Under the Influence.
Brandons Dad added 3 new photos.
Be sure to come to the Franklin Apple Fest and enjoy the day tomorrow. Be sure to stop by the Brandon's Dad event on 12th street, across from the Courthouse Park. (Bandstand Park)
Brandon's Dad is being fully sponnsored by the Franklin Chamber, be sure to Thank anyone you may know in their Chamber for working to make Franklin more safe
Caitlin Gilbert Jennifer Gilbert
October 8, 2016 at 2:57 am1
Brandons Dad added 11 new photos to the album: Seven Springs Resort N & D Symposium.
At Seven Springs for the fouth year to share my story. Feel so welcome by all the new friends I have made in the system who are also trying to make a difference.
Carla Stachel Rugg Hey that's only 20 minutes from me wished I'd known you was there.
Stop in Confluence for pumkinfest
October 6, 2016 at 11:28 pm
Here at the conference I had a friend mention this story that happended in their town last week. I missed it in the news.
A seven year old took care of her 3 siblings while mom and dad laid dead from an over dose 3 days earlier! Read the story. :(
In the story the sister of the deceased mother say one very important thing I try to get the kids today to understand.... **** It started with alcohol. Then weed. Then pills.
“She told me it was an occasional thing, the opiates,” ********
How sad for everyone and more so for these little kids, one not even being a year old. :( This should be screaming WAKE UP CALL. Please don't start to drink and definately Don't Drink and Drive
Robin Wolff Poor kids☹️
October 6, 2016 at 10:04 pm
Jamie Hesdon SOMETHING needs to be done! God is laying a path for me to do His work to help addicts recover. It is my passion... There are so many addicts who need help, there are so many family & friends who need to understand, a community judicial system who need to be educated, Reintegration programs to implement... The list goes on and on. Thank you Vern for your dedication to this issue
October 7, 2016 at 3:02 am
I am leaving later today for Seven Springs Resort to meet with leaders from State Prisons, youth detension centers, alternative education schools, and related facilities to share my program at the Neglected and Delinquent Symposium held there. I will be speaking tomorrow morning at 9:30am. Going to be another great day in prevention. This picture was taken there last year by a friend.
Leslie Truitt Safe travels
October 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm1
Crystal Steen-Sutphin Be careful.
October 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm1
Lisa Huffman May you have a successful meeting!
October 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm1
Joanie Moscatelli Best of luck on your presentation!!
October 6, 2016 at 3:31 am1
Brandons Dad Ta Da !! Done. Now I can hike around the resort while everyone is in sessions. Got to be back for lunch and supper though to make more contacts. ;) Thanks friends
October 6, 2016 at 3:35 pm2
Janet Palmero-Oettel You presented a very moving presentation. Thank You, for sharing your story. I know it has impacted many lives and who knows how many you may have saved.
October 10, 2016 at 3:33 am1
Brandons Dad Thank you Janet. I appreciate that. Word like this are the motivation that keeps me wanting to find one more that needs to hear the program. Thank you again for commenting today !!!
October 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm
Brandons Dad added 3 new photos.
We got off to a wet start today at Clarion's ALF but things soon dried out and the crowd came. It was a great day to share stories and here theirs back as usual. Too mank lives have beeen changed or lost because of Alcohol and DUI. Remember, if you decide to drink,decide to get a ride. Please Don't Drink and Drive. Special Thanks to my two volunteers today, Traci and Amanda!!! Couldn't do what I do w/o volunteers. :)
Ashley Nicole It was great to see you today!
October 1, 2016 at 2:12 am1
Erin Jarosinski Hey Vern!! It was so nice to meet you yesterday! Thanks for spreading awareness! 💙
October 1, 2016 at 9:15 am1
Mark Medford It was so nice talking with you yesterday. If you ever get to speak at Shaler Area High Schiol please let me know! Keep up the great job!
October 1, 2016 at 11:44 pm1
Going to be at the Clarion ALF all day today trying to talk with as many people as possible. It's Craft Day. The town will be very crowded and we will be right in the middle of town. Come find us and check out the Beer Goggle event. Bring a friend.
Heather Spencer 3 years ago I stood in the middle of the road at the Clarion ALF in front of your booth & cried... I was unable to move & my sister had to hold me up. She asked if I wanted to speak with one of you & I could not speak... My daughter Destiny was killed, 3 1/2 years ago now, she was a passenger in a car being driven by her impaired, so called friend, who now sits in prison. You're doing such a great thing, giving yourself like this, touching people's lives & someday... I really do hope I'm able to do the same. Thank you for giving yourself like this!
September 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm4
Jamie Hesdon Wish I could be there but I gotta work 😝
September 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm1
Leaving in the morning for Millersville University (near Landcaster) to share my program tomorrow evening. Hoping to help one student there to make a better choice or even help one student understand why they want to help another syudent make a good decision when it comes to Drinking Alcohol and Driving Under the Influence. Thanks to Lori Austin of Student Affairs for making this happen for them
Jamie Hesdon Will be praying for the Holy Spirit to open hearts and for travel mercies for you.
September 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm1
Paula Renee Kiffner Park Praying for open hearts and ears.
September 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm1
Heading to Jefferson County Adult Probation DUI class this evening. Looking for that one person that is bored with the class to give them a real reson why they don't want to Ever Drink and Drive again. It's not about them, it's about everyone else around them that is hurt by their actions. Please Don't Drink and Drive.
Sherry Shaffer Thank you for reliving your pain, so that others don't have to. Your presentation opened up a new line of conversation between my son and I.
September 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm
Stacey Lynn Riggie You definitely helped my daughter and I with your presentation! My daughter is Tosha Lynn Riggie she made a post about the class on our way home if you want to read it look her up! Her boyfriends vehicle and accident was very similar to your son's but he wasn't dead hes been fighting for his life since May 2016.
September 27, 2016 at 10:50 pm1
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