“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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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.
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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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Ok, so how bad can it get? Need to drive and your drunk? Put your own daughter at risk ! Sad what Alcohol addiction does. Face the facts. It will get you if you Drive under the Influence, just that nobody knows when. Is it still worth that risk?
Thanks to a friend for sharing !
Please share. Working together we can make a difference.
Read this story clear to the bottom. Joint funeral is planned.
Another Sad story, this one out of Alabama. A 22 year old son out "parting" most of the night hits his father head on as his father was on his way to work at 4am in his delivery truck and the boy was on his way home. Dad died instantly and the son struggled with death for 5 hours.
Can you even imagine what alcohol has just done to this family? Do you suppose if "YOU" thought you could possibly kill someone while driving after drinking Alcohol that "you" would take the chance and try it anyway? I am sure you would not.
So now lets bring it to reality. "You" could hit anyone at any given day while Driving Under the Influence. Why will you continue to risk the chance? The answer is usually one like this. "It will never happen to me." or "I have done it over and over and it hasn't happened yet ,right?"
The day could come that you would destroy many happy lives. It is not fair to them, your family, or anyone else involved. Could you imagine living after you killed someone? What if it was your mother? Your father? Your brother or sister? What if you didn't even know them personally? Trust me, I have heard many first hand stories and the nightmare never goes away.
Please, not just for me, for your sake, Don't ever Drink and Drive.
Thanks to the friend that shared this story with Brandon's Dad earlier.
Sandra Faleska So so sad but even sadder is that it's fixable. There must be some kind of something that makes your addiction not. I know that there are some meds out there but that if you can't help yourself by taking them its useless. I pray that someone finds a something in your body and if it were removed addiction would be gone. Anything and/or anyway. I just pray.
February 27, 2017 at 4:28 pm
Marilyn Jukes Sheets Oh so sad for the family!
February 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm1
Keisha Machelle Hughes Ross Simpson
February 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm1
Lesa Walters Yeah my favorite is I just live right up the road ! I tell them you would be surprised how many accidents happen close to home!!!
February 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm1
Connie Holibaugh Hanold Prayers for the family.
February 28, 2017 at 4:14 am1
Follow up on the New Orleans story
This young man's father said the same thing every parent says when this happens, including me. " He was a good kid ! I don't know what went wrong."
The story continues with a statement from the driver saying "a stranger gave me a drink off the street, Thats all I remember" The fact is he took a drink (or he drank a lot) and got into his truck to drive that way.
My friends, if you don't want to end up in a mess like this, today is the day you start making plans to not let it happen. If you are drinking, even just a little, Don't Drink and Drive. It shouldn't be just a statement, it should be a rule for life.
Try to imagine just how many lives were changed this past Saturday evening because of Alcohol and someone thinking "It would never happen to them" You could be next.
Please help me to help your friends.... Spread the word and let it become a rule not just a saying. Thanks from Brandon's Dad.
Please "like' and Share the Brandon's Dad Fb page.
Drunk Driver Plows into a crowd injuring 28 after hitting other cars near a parade in New Orleans.
Please tell your friends it's not about them, it's about the families they effect. Please Don't Drink and Drive.
Brandons Dad added 2 new photos.
I stopped by the cemetery today to find out when I moved the dog statue last fall to the center of the tombstone I placed it right on top of where crocuses come up. To my surprise we had a yellow flower today. Still tough to think I have to stop at a cemetery because my son is buried there. Don't let Alcohol take you there. And Please Don't Drink and Drive.
February 23, 2017 at 3:04 am1
Crystal Steen-Sutphin I'm so sorry. I'm Bless to have met such a good person on FB. I'm so sorry for the circumstances. In my thoughts and prayers. ❤️
February 23, 2017 at 3:12 am
Amanda Young I miss my best friend so much! Not a day passes that I don't think about him.
February 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm1
Billie Jo Holibaugh Hugs
February 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm1
Janie Schmader Love you Branson much.
February 27, 2017 at 2:16 am1
Brandons Dad shared exploreClarion.com's post.
Congratulations to the (only) fast food place in town. The employee made the right decision to act on a dangerous person as they were driving in the condition they were in. Who knows whose life these people may have saved with the call for help.
Cindy Myers Hawk the employee made the right decision..but did the newspaper in telling who called them?
February 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm
Here is another perfect example of the bad choices alcohol can have you make. Do you suppose if this young man hadn't been drinking he would have broke into a State building or as far as that goes any other building? Please remember, before you drink, Think. Don't let alcohol ruin your life by effecting your decisions. And most important, Please Don't Ever Drink and Drive.
Franklin Police are stepping up their plan to help the kids in their community by stepping their watch for underage alcohol use. Thanks to Franklin Police.
Beverly Sherman Thank you for all you do.
February 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm1
heading to Brookville to speak at the Adult Probation DUI Class tonight. I really like meeting with this class because so many of them tell me afterward they now understand it. I will be talking with 50 or so and hoping to thru to 1. Going to be a great evening.
Rick Sickeri You put on a great presentation. I'm also doing a life sentence. I was driving drunk and killed a good friend of mine. Something I live with everyday all day. My goal now is to try and make a difference. Thank you keep up the fight.
February 14, 2017 at 2:48 am1
Brandons Dad shared Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)'s post.
Another suspected DUI crash. This is shared from a friends page. What will DUI cost you? That doesn't mean What will a DUI charge cost you, itmeand What will Driving Under the Influence cost You? Please Don't Drink and Drive.
Click on the two links below (google links). This Pittsburgh man was in our area, North of Kittanning, at 11:00 am on Jan 7 when any young kid could also be on the highway with him while he was driving under the influence of Alcohol and Drugs.
Can you imagine how much worse this could have been? He killed his passenger and could have killed many more.
He is looking at a standard sentencing of 3 years in a State Prison. Is that fair to the family of the dead passenger? Is it fair to him? It is never fair because a life is lost.
Please help me change this common practice in todays world. Talk to your kids. Talk to your friends. Talk to your parents. Help others to make the better choice.
Please Don't Drink and Drive. You could nbe next.
I have been waiting to post a story on this until I saw more of what I suspected on it. This story tells us he was believed to be overly intoxicated. Think about it. He is just like you. He was an average, easy going kid that made the world smile. (just like my son Brandon).
As you watch this news article, take a look at his very proud parents as they stood with him; And now he is gone. :(
Can you imagine how your parents and friends will feel if you let alcohol use get out of hand and steal your life away from you and them?
Please use your head. Alcohol use while underage leads to many terrible choices.
And Please always remember, Don’t Drink and Drive ~Brandon’s Dad~
CLICK on the Google link to see the post.
Ok, here is my thought today. How much damage is done to people and property because of alcohol? Public Drunkenness, DUI, Underage Drinking (and driving) and furnishing alcohol to minors takes up almost a whole page in the news paper today and these are two of 4 District Judges that appear here. I am not telling anyone to not drink (even though I hope you'd consider that thought) I am asking you to look and understand how much grief underage alcohol use, DUI at any age, and over indulging can bring to you and those who care about you. Yes, no one in this article has lost their life like my son Brandon but that is another good thing to point out. The police are doing their job to the best of their ability to keep the roads safe from DUI offenders and possibly saving their lives at the same time by stopping them for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. Please make the safe choice, Don't Drink and Drive. ~Brandon's Dad~
So the cartoon on the opinion page in the Derrick Newspaper today brings a little light to the Drinking and Driving problem we have today.
It is Superbowl weekend and a lot of Alcohol will be consumed in many different ways, It's not only beer, it's mixed drinks and wine too.
You have time to plan ahead. It is going to be cold and possibly snowy (here in PA anyway).
You have time to stop for a minute and make a Plan. Plan to get a ride home if you are watching the game other than at your house if you have even "just a couple of beers".
It is not just your life that matters, it is the lives of the many people you share the highway with everytime you "Drink a few" and Drive. It also could effect many other people. Your family, innocent victims families, your co-workers, the police, the paramedics, the rescue folks, Hospital personal that are called in.... It is 2017 and it is time to give Drinking and Driving a serious look and make a better choice even if you "only had a few". Plan ahead. plan a ride and help me to save a life. That life could be you, your son, your daughter, your parent, your neighbor, your spouse.... Can you imagine?
Thanks from Brandon's Dad for making plans to not Drink and Drive, at least for after the superbowl. Let this weekend be a good time to start.
Remember, Please Don't Drink and Drive. From Brandon's Dad
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January 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm1
Brandons Dad Thanks to everyone that helped me spread this message this week before the Supeerbowl.
February 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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Thank You and please share. The donations are very small but together they add up.
January 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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This article was in our local paper yesterday and was shared with my last night by a person that follows our posts on Brandon's Dad. Thanks for the share,
As stated in this article this DUI offender had been charged in 2006 and 2010 of DUI and pleaded guilty in both cases. in other articles it says that Witnesses tell Newberry Township police say the SUV driven by 46-year-old Anthony Fickes, of Fairview Township, lost control before it slammed head-on into another vehicle Saturday afternoon on Old Trail Road
Another article with a statement from the coroner said: It happened on Old Trail Road near Stevens Road around 5:00 p.m. Fickes, the lone driver of one vehicle was thrown upon impact and died at the scene. Mikos, a passenger in the second car, was trapped, and also died on the scene. Neither Fickes nor Mikos were wearing seat belts.
So my friends here is my thought. This happened at 5:00 pm, a time when our families are on the road. It is happening more and more in the day time. Officers can't get them all and the courts can't pin them all. It's up to us. Please tell your friends they need to make better choices before it costs them their life or someone elses. It could be you that is next. Remember Please Don't Drink and Drive. It is a choice you need to make. Thanks, Brandon's Dad
Brandons Dad shared WPXI-TV Pittsburgh's post.
Lets face it, Do you suppose she would have done this had she not been under the influence?
What bad choices will alcohol allow you to make? Think twice. Don't Drink and Drive. If you drink, plan ahead for the smart choice.
Brandons Dad shared 97.5 WQBE-FM's photo.
Just a reminder
Beverly Sherman Shannon was, indeed, everything to my sister. Her only child, her life. A drunk took that from her 14 years ago.
Shannon Marie Gabel
4-23-76 ~ 1-12-03.
January 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm1
Brandons Dad Sad. :( Brandon wasn't my only child but was my only son. It is sad that alcohol takes so many lives from us and won't let those who use it excessively see that.
January 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm2
Beverly Sherman I see so many DUI stops in the local paper time and time again; several on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th....
Sorry for your loss; you are doing good things thru it.
January 5, 2017 at 7:36 pm1
Tonight is the night so many celebrate in a big way. Please remember to never encourage underage drinking. For those of you that do drink, Please make a safe choice that could otherwise effect many others lives. Please don't Drink and Drive. Thanks in advance from Brandon's Dad
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