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Response to Robb (Reply #1)

Thu May 31, 2012, 05:52 PM

3. When I was young,

the police chief told us to ride our motorcycles on an old, abandoned railroad bed at the edge of town. On the day before Thanksgiving, a few workers from the railroad that was near the old one hung a chain across a bend in the abandoned one for a "prank." That evening, they were laughing about knocking a kid off his bike, as they drank in a local bar.

Their "prank" killed my friend. I realize they didn't know that at the time. But some young folk were furious, and torched the depot that night. The local media paid a lot more attention to the arson, than to a teenager being killed.

I organized our friends, and went to the area where my friend had been killed. There was the foundation of an old railroad tower there, and the place was a mess. We worked the following spring, tocreate a park in honor of our friend.

Years later, his parents contacted me. They knew that I was employed in human services, and they wanted to make a donation to something to help children and youth in need. We went through a non-profit agency, and created two programs for "at risk" and abused/neglected kids. Decades later, these programs are still going strong.

I didn't really know my friends' parents before his death. Over the years, we've become very close. Obviously, they would prefer to have their only child. But we worked to make some good out of the tragic event. And it set a pattern that I've tried to follow ever since.

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