“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
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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%.
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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.
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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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Here is a follow up (that we rarely get) from DUI news of the past. Richard Mong of Franklin, age 83, has now died due to injuries he received while sitting on his front porch enjoying life. Michael Nearhoof of Kennerdale, age 42, decided he could make it while driving while DUI. Michael is under suspicion of DUI, both Drugs and Alcohol, but charges are still pending. Now the charges will probably include Vehicular Homicide also.
Jenn Jenn Deane Buffington Good! Rot in Jail!!!
July 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm
Brandons Dad Sad part Jenn Jenn even rotting in jail will not bring him back nor make it right for the driver. Everyone looses. We need to work together to keep it from happening again. Grandpa is dead and someone's father may go away for a very long time. Just Sad.
July 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm
A million and one thanks to you for coming to Mackenzie's event. It was an amazing experience to see just how one is affected by drinking. What a wonderful thing you are doing, turning your pain into help save others . God Bless you for doing this !!!! Every school needs to have you do a demonstration. Also a huge thanks for helping us get our stuff down & put away before the rain came. God Bless
Brandons Dad You are very welcome. We drove heavy rain almost the whole way home but thank goodness we only got a little water in the back of the truck. The hardest to dry, the canopy, made it home completely dry and was just put back on shelf for the next event. It was a great event for us too. Everyone there were kind and eager to listen to what we shared. My sunburnt face even had enough tan that it quit hurting by morning. lol Thank You!!!
July 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm1
Sat afternoon bringing DUI awareness at a Family Fun Day put together by 10 year old Mackenzie Bryerley with a little help from her parents Dave & Erin Bryerley. This event was done to raise awareness to many things. Money from this benefit was to be for the Homeless from Mackenzie.
Nancy Scott Jones Very impressive!!!
July 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm1
Brandons Dad Thanks Nancy. Did you check my Brandon's Dad page here on Fb? Please click "like " and share so we save lives together.
July 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Looking for something to do today. Sunday July 27.
Come on over to the Sigel Fireman's Pavilion on Rt 949 for the Family Fun Day. I will have a DUI Awareness event there with Beer Goggle activities.
This Family Fun Day event was master minded by the wants of a 10 year girl to help feed the homeless. Come on over to Sigel and join in on the fun and walk away with a little extra by seeing the fire dept to a mock emergency run.
Hope to see you there
Neilia Jackovitz JULY 27??
July 27, 2014 at 11:52 am
Brandons Dad Fixed That Thanks Neilia
July 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm1
More proof that if you are Drinking, then you aren't thinking.
Plan ahead. If you Drink Don't Drive.
This is a story shared that everyone Should listen to. Please help keep for friends safe. Don't ever Drink and Drive. ~Brandon's Dad~
Maybe. . . Just maybe this will help you!
It was hard for me to do this so don't take it for granted!
Kim Geer-Smith It's hard to like something this sad...but I will share!!
July 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm2
Brandons Dad Sharing is the answer. That is how we save lives.
July 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm1
Sherry Reinsel Made me cry I shared this
July 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm
Cheri Armstrong Linamen I'm sharing with a heavy heart.
July 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm
Brandons Dad Thanks Cheri
July 20, 2014 at 2:57 am
Isn't it funny that the Oil City Derrick and ExploreClarion.com read the same police report to get us the news but the Derrick kinda overlooked the Obvious. ----- "Nearhoof was using a seat belt and suffered minor injuries; he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and drugs." -------
It really changes the story in a big way doesn't it. He didn't just FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON leave the highway. He was Driving under the influence of Alcohol and possibly Drugs !
This poor older gentleman was sitting on his porch enjoying what life brought him and someone made a bad choice and put everyone else's life at risk.
Please- Try you understand. Don't let your needed to drink destroy others' happiness by Drinking and Driving. If you are going to drink, plan ahead and have another option for a way home in place. If you don't save your own life, it may save someone else's. Thanks. ~Brandon's Dad~
Brandons Dad You can see the ExploreClarion.com posting on my wall yesterday.
July 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Rhonda Rugh This is so sad,this is in my home town!!
July 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm
Holly Mong Thank you for sharing this.....the man that was sitting on his porch, that's my Grandfather. He LOVED sitting on that porch....I say that in the past tense because the porch is completely GONE. Not a speck of wood left on it, just the roof is all that remains. Not to mention the damage to the house and the damage to myself and my family. He's currently hospitalized with a serious head injury and several other injuries.....ANY eyes that cross this, please send up a prayer for him. He's our world <3
July 16, 2014 at 5:43 am2
Brandons Dad You are very welcome. I also pray for his long healing ahead. Do me a favor. Please keep me posted if there is anything more that I can post on this. I try to get as much info out to people to try to get them to look at Drinking and Driving as a REAL problem. I also plan on talking to the Derrick Editor to see if I can get them to start including the DUI info in their articles. I actually talked to ExploreClarion/Venango about the need to get it out there and they agreed. That is now why they include it. Good luck to your Grandfather.
July 16, 2014 at 10:52 am2
Kathy Bowser Prayers for his healing. Bless his heart!! It always annoys me when they wont put the name of the person caught drunk driving why does the media protect them? They broke the law and drove while intoxicated!
July 16, 2014 at 11:31 am1
Brandons Dad I agree
July 16, 2014 at 11:58 am1
Rhonda Rugh Holly.I'm so sorry for what happened to your grandpa.you are all in my prayers.It angers me when people drink and drive.my uncle was killed on his motercycle by and drunk driver.its a hard thing to deal with.Xoxo
July 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm1
Holly Mong I will do my best to keep y'all updated as best I can.....not only including my grandpas condition but anything I hear about any charges against the driver. Nothing yet so far I'm afraid :/
July 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm2
Brandons Dad You need to attend his hearing. Ask the district judge what the date is. Probably about 2 months?
July 16, 2014 at 11:39 pm1
Rhonda Rugh Holy any news on your grandpa?
July 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Brenda Smith This poor man died..
July 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Cindy Gates Sad world. Can't even sit on your own porch on your own property and expect to be safe. I have seen first hand how this horrific incident has affected Mr. Mong's family. I would hope that there will be some justice for an innocent victim's family.
July 31, 2014 at 1:08 am1
Brandons Dad shared 99.5 WZPL Indianapolis's photo.
Not really a pedestrian. This 83 year old man was SITTING ON HIS PORCH !!!!!
Please Do Not Drink & Drive. ~ Brandon's Dad~
Too Drunk to Drive? Just give up your keys and get a ride home. Don't fight about it ! This guy may be spending a long time in jail and he never even got in a car. So thankful his friends offered him a ride home first.
Rhonda Rugh So sad!!
July 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm
Tammi Burk Terrible! :-(
July 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Don't let alcohol ruin the 4th of July fun for yourself or others. The Check Points will be out. Be Warned! The Police are only trying to keep the highways safe for others. Enjoy the Fireworks and PLEASE Don't Drink & Drive. ~Brandon's Dad~
DUI crash at 7:27 am ? He was that drunk the night before or did he just drink all night? Glad I wasn't on my way to work over there that morning. I have heard the statement if you don't want to be on the road with the drunks then stay off the roads from 11 - 3am. They are on the roads ALL the time now. ~ Brandons Dad ~
Juli Anne Mock Unbelievable! He is one lucky young man and so are all the other drivers that were on the road.
June 27, 2014 at 9:01 pm1
Off to a Drug & Alcohol Coalition meeting at the Forestry building on 2nd ave. Everyone is welcome to join us and help make a difference in our community. 11:00 - 1:00
This poem was found on Fb at - Heroin (taking back our lives)
Just thought I would share this after I found it today. I "liked" their page a long time ago and many times find stuff to help someone else from it
" I destroy homes and tear families apart, I’ll take your children and that's just the start.
More costly than diamonds, more costly than gold, the sorrow I’ll bring is a sight to behold.
If you need me remember I'm easily found, I live all around in your schools in your town.
I live with the rich I live with the poor I live down the street and maybe next door, my power is awesome try me you’ll see, but be warned if you do you'll never break free.
Try me once and I might let you go, try me twice an I’ll own your soul, when I possess you; you'll steal & lie and do what you must just to get high, crimes you'll commit for the narcotic charms. You’ll lie to your mother and steal from your dad, you’ll see their tears but won’t feel sad.
You'll forget your morals and how you were raised, I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach u my ways. I’ll take kids from their parents and parents from kids, turn people from God heaven forbid.
I’ll take everything from you your looks and your pride, I’ll be with you always right by your side.
You'll give up everything your family your home, your friends your money you'll be all alone.
I’ll take & take ‘till you have nothing more and when I'm finished you'll be lucky to live; if u try me be warned this isn’t a game, given the chance I’ll drive u insane.
I’ll ravish your body and control your mind, I’ll own you completely your soul will be mine. Nightmares I’ll give as you lay in your bed, voices you'll hear from inside your head.
Sweats & shakes bad visions you'll see, I want you to know these are all gifts from me. And when it’s too late you’ll know that your mine, you'll regret that you tried me that very first time.
You came to me and not I to you, you knew this would happen, surely not to you?
You challenged my power, you chose to be brave, you could’ve said no and just walked away. If you could live that day over what would u say? Can I be your master will you be my slave? I promise I’ll stay with you and on to your grave.
So now that you’ve have met me what will u do? Will u try me or not? It’s all up to you!
I’ll bring you more misery than words can ever tell, come take my hand......I’ll lead you through hell."
Alcohol use can take you to where you need to try something else just to get "that feeling" one more time. Do Not Go Here !!!
Juli Anne Mock How ironic that I come across this post... for on this morning, 45 yrs. ago today, I lost my 19 yr. old brother to an overdose of heroin. I will never forget that morning. It will haunt me forever. Thank you for sharing to spread the message of the affects of this deadly drug.
June 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm4
Sharon Carter Blevins Oh Juli, I also will never forget that morning. God has Butch now.
June 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm2
Juli Anne Mock Thank you, Sharon. Debbie and I were talking last night about his last night at home. It astonishes me that I can remember it all so clearly. You were so much a part of our family and you experienced the good times and the bad. It's heartbreaking when you look back and think of his young life wasted and taken by drugs. I will always miss him...
June 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm1
Rebecca Gross I'm sorry for your loss....heroin is such a terrible thing. It not only harms the person using it, but it sucks the life out of their entire family and others that care for them.
June 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm1
Brandons Dad I am thankful that you have found this post. I hope it helps your sad hearts as we remember our loved one who fight addictions. Please find there page and Like - Heroin (taking back our lives) also find mine at - DUIawareness Brandons Dad and "like" and Share it too.
June 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm3
Juli Anne Mock Thank you so much for your kind words, Rebecca Gross. I agree with you. It's painful to watch someone self-destruct, and feel so helpless. I was too young to intervene.
June 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm
Juli Anne Mock Thank you so much, Brandons Dad. I "Liked" your page quite sometime ago and read your story. Your loss tears at my heart. I am a mother of (3) sons. Your tragedy is my worst nightmare. I keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you very much for reaching out to others to spread awareness of DUI and ALL that you do to make a difference. God Bless You, Brandons Dad.
June 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm1
Sharon Carter Blevins We're both too young to remember but as a young boy Butch would come over to the house and he was my dad's little shadow. They would fix things and just fiddle around the garage. In Butch's later years they weren't close because of his addiction but dad was deeply saddened at the loss of his little buddy.
June 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm1
Juli Anne Mock Thank you for sharing that wonderful memory with me, Sharon. Butch was lost in his teen years and made such poor choices. He needed much guidance. He had a loving heart, but I know my parents divorce had a negative affect on him and he had hurt and anger. More often than not, drugs are... the great escape from the pain and sometimes we get too deep and can't find our way out, which ultimately leads to death. You had wonderful parents! I will always carry gratitude towards them for the love and care that they had for our family. You were the best neighbors ever!!!
June 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm1
Want to go out and have a "Good Time" drinking with your friends? That may be OK but Do Not Get behind the Wheel Afterwards. Is it worth 3 - 6 years of your life in a State Prison (usually in Camphill near Harrisburg) ? I am sure this guy didn't plan on what his future holds. Make the right choice. Don't Drink & Drive!! ~ Brandons Dad~
Rebecca Gross Not as heavy a sentence as I would've expected.
June 27, 2014 at 2:59 am
Brandons Dad I agree with you however, how much time in jail equals the loss of a life? Sadly this is a question that has no right answer. Depends on how he feels about it. If he is in total remorse, he will live with this the rest of his life inside him anyway. I know of a man that killed a passenger in his car while DUI around age 20. This guy survived and also got a light sentence compared to his friends death sentence for being with him. This man was killed in a work accident later in life and his wife and I talked. (They married many years after the wreck) She said early on he had something to tell her. He had killed someone in a DUI crash when he was younger. She told me he continued to live with that till the day he died at work. I feel torn between the victim and the offender. I thank God no one else has hurt or killed when Brandon wrecked while DUI. He also died instantly so the instant death was much less painful to us then a long drawn out loss of life. There is no way to sentence someone for the damage they do when they hurt or kill someone else while Driving Under the Influence that can equal the pain they live with inside. If they are ever caught drinking and driving again then the sentence needs to be stern. Here is the sad part. Too many times it does happen again the we have to ask.... Why did we give him another chance in the first place. Now we are right back to where I started. > How much time in jail equals the loss of a life? Thanks Rebecca
June 27, 2014 at 11:10 am1
Rebecca Gross That really puts it into perspective. If the person is remorseful, as I'm sure most are, then that feeling of guilt is probably far worse than a few years in jail.
June 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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