“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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Nice little surprise to get this link today.
I stopped in at the C-93 radio station in Clarion on Wednesday to run a radio ad for my mattress business. Bill Hurst, the owner of the radio station said "I am so glad you are here. We are about to run Clarion Connection program and the person that was to be here didn't show. Will you go on real quick and talk about Brandon's Dad?" LOL Here it is being interviewed by Ron Wilshire and again, both of us clueless where it was going to go. Thanks Bill, and Ron, for your help in getting the word out.
This will run on C-93 FM again on Sunday (Dec 4) at 7:30 am.
Please share this message. And Please help your friends to make the better choice. Don't Drink and Drive !!!
Linda Stewart That was a very good interview, Vern. It wasn't a coincidence the other person didn't show up and you just happened to be there!!
December 4, 2016 at 3:30 am1
Burl Artis THEY NEED TO PUT DRUNK STOPS 1/2 BLOCK FROM EVERY LIQUIOR STORE AND BAR. AND DO IT ALWAYS AS A WAY OF LIFE.
December 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm
This is how I celebrate Christmas with my son Brandon due to his belief that Drinking and Driving won't hurt him or anybody else.
Really? Who will your "alcohol needs" accompanied by Driving while under the influence hurt?
It's time to think of your family. They Will miss you !! Christmas will never be the same for them without you !!
Please make a better choice. If you decide to drink, Please, for your families sake; Don't Drink and Drive.
Thanks for your help, Brandon's Dad
Maureen Spolan I am so sorry
December 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm1
Cheri Armstrong Linamen This is on my daughters make up stand . She sees this every morning. Thank you for sharing your story with my daughter. I appreciate what you do for our community.
December 3, 2016 at 12:53 am2
Steven Rider Shawn Myers
December 3, 2016 at 2:53 am1
Krista Healey I am so very sorry. I can't even imagine. Thank you for educating people about the very real consequences of drinking and driving. ❤️
December 3, 2016 at 3:20 am1
Brandons Dad shared Grief and Healing in the Afterloss's photo.
I finally got a chance to get out I-80 toward I-79 to take this picture.
Today is the day !!! Giving Tuesday. When you go to PayPal and choose " PayPal Giving Fund", then choose Brandon's Dad as the non-profit to support, PayPal will add 1% of any donation over $10.00 to Brandon's Dad DUI Prevention account. Please help us today
Please Share to help our cause, Thanks from the Brandon's Dad organization and his dad, Vernon Hilyer.
Brandons Dad Anyone can Donate even if you are not familiar with PayPal. It's Easy
November 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm
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Thanks foor your support !
Brandons Dad shared Life Learned Feelings's photo.
Connie Lauer Yes
November 28, 2016 at 4:01 am
Brandons Dad shared Fox News's video.
Shared to me by a good friend. Plain and simple. If you don't start, you're never going to have a problem. And Please, Never Drink and Drive
Brandons Dad added 2 new photos.
Last week I had a couple of students interview me for a PSA they were doing as a school project. These two Clarion Limestone seniors, Kortnee and Toby, were great to speak with. Hope their project gets the best grade !! ;)
Brandons Dad shared a memory.
Wow ! This was a year ago already? !! Hard to believe. Thanks Family Life
To listen (maybe again) click the listen under the Hometown Hero in mid page.
Brandons Dad shared DrugAbuse.com's post.
Click on page 2 to continue
The Ultimate Party Foul.
Thanksgivivng is coming. When you decide to do the Turkey Binge because of no work or school for days, Please think twice before you drive under the influence. Please don't let your Friends Drive Drunk. You may be the one that keeps them alive.
Brandons Dad shared Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)'s post.
Too many time it's not the driver. This time it was his Daughter... and he ran and tried to hide !
Please make a better choice for the next child, Please Don't Drink and Drive
Brandons Dad shared Power of Positivity's video.
The choice is yours. It is not already set for you. Go get it! Make the better choice. And remember, Please Don't Drink and Drive.
Brandons Dad added 2 new photos.
Clarion has a Great system in place to..... Make a few bucks. Oh I am sure they really learned a lesson here, to Drink in Clarion.
Brandons Dad added 8 new photos to the album: Walmart in Clarion Safety program for day crew.
Brandons Dad added 18 new photos to the album: Cochranton High School Crawford County.
Sharing my prevention message with the Intoxication Goggles and pedal karts at Cochranton HS
Help others to make the better choice. Please Don't let your friends Drive Drunk. Thanks, Brandon's Dad
Brandons Dad shared BuzzFeed Video's video.
Please share with your friends
Loading up for a great day at Cochranton High School in Crawford County tomorrow morning. Tomorrow the Jr / Sr students will be attempting to drive the carts thru the course with Intoxication Goggles on. Great experience ahead there.
Can you imagine the difference your body has to feel? Don't get caught up in it my friends. Alcohol can change everything ! And thanks for Not Drinking and Driving which also changes everything
Caite Ohle i love to see these. i know my mom changed so so much when she got sober in 2008! lost weight, looking so much healthier.
November 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm2
The news is out. Jose Fernandez, a Great person and Athlete, was also a human and is now a statistic. Died too young and Alcohol was involved. No will ever know who was operating the boat but signs point to him. His BAC was 0.147 How many more lives, both old or young, will it take. Friends, Alcohol affects you abilities. When will you get it? We don't want you to be next to find out the hard way. Please Don't Drink and Drive.
Now you can even click the Blue - Shop Now button on this page and go directly to the web page to help with your donation. Thanks for helping.
Ok everybody, it may be late because you are getting ready for that Halloween party, but it's Not too late because you now carry smart phones and you will still get this message before something Really Scary happens tonight. As you go to that party and if there is Alcohol there, remember you need to make the smartest choice you can. You Can Not Drink at the party and show everybody that You CAN make it home by Driving yourself because you have done it before or You Do it ALL the time and never hurt anyone yet !
Listen up. State Police records show that Halloween has one of the Highest in numbers for DUI's and death because of a DUI offender.
If you tell the kids "Good night, Mom and Dad are going out and the baby sitter will stay with you while Mom and Dad go to a party. What if you aren't there in the morning or ever again? ! What will your kids do?
And you kids that are underage, what if you lie to your parents and say "I promise there will be no Alcohol" but there is... What if they have to get that knock on there door at 4:15am like I did because you thought you could sneek back home?
Alcohol can make a scary Halloween even more Scary for those that really care about you.
Please go. Go and have a Great time. But think of my Little Devil tonight. Brandon was 3 in this picture, he should be 30 today.However, because of alcohol and his thinking he could "Make It", he'll never go to another Halloween party again. Matter of fact he'll never see his 22nd birthday. And you know the really "scary" (sad) part? I'll never be able to see his little one's be the devil at Halloween like he was.
Help the Police keep the highways safe tonight for everyone. Please Don't Drink and Drive.
This message is from Brandon's Dad, a non profit organization working to keep kids alive and parents dreams alive too. Please find the web page at DUIawareness.com and donate there today to keep this program funded. Thanks and have a Happy Halloween !!!
JennJenn Mc Knight-Buffington Good JOB!
October 30, 2016 at 1:11 am1
Billie Jo Holibaugh Awe! He's so adorable! So sorry he's gone! Keep up the good work! What you do is so important! Hugs
October 30, 2016 at 2:33 am1
Lee Frerotte Walker He's adorable!
October 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm1
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