|Event Date||May 26|
May 26 SADD presentation: GREG DREW
Telling It Like It Is
Retired veteran firefighter Greg Drew has seen more than his share of roadside carnage during his decades of public service. As a fire fighter, he has often faced the grim task of attending and assisting in situations involving serious bodily injury and trauma. But despite his many years of experience, nothing could have fully prepared him for the sight of witnessing his own son Jay trapped inside a car after a high speed crash. After hitting a tree with tremendous force, the impact broke bones in three of the young man’s limbs. His 6’5″ frame was so badly injured upon impact that he was forced to sit conscious for an hour and a half with a broken femur in his ear while being extracted from his demolished Eagle Talon, all in his father’s presence. Greg takes his audiences through the crash scene from the unique perspective of both fire fighter and father, from crash scene to hospital ward, the place where he held his son’s hand as he watched his son take his last breath. Greg makes it clear to his audiences the ripple effect that occurs when a young life is so tragically lost; how it affects not only family and friends, but the entire community. He has made it his personal mission to tell Jay’s story as a cautionary tale to illustrate how wrong choices can have devastating, permanent consequences. Greg’s presentations empower his audiences with the tools they need to get out of unsafe situations involving vehicles and driving.