Ft. Rucker Presentation

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Army Veteran Earl Rogers remembers the day some of his friends piled into a car and never came back.

Rogers said, “I didn't get in the car with my buddies that weekend. I lost some of them.”

Those buddies were drinking and driving...and hit a school bus head on.

47:46 i know a lot of people don't care but some of us do because when you have to identify a relative or a friend then it becomes real

And it's real for Cejay Rich, a speaker for the save a life program visiting Fort Rucker.

Drunk drivers killed rich's mother and sister. Two separate accidents and just two years apart.

Rich said, “The reason why I’m here today is because of them. I go out there and I tell them my story. I always tell everyone don't feel sorry for me.”

On Monday, he told his story to soldiers at Ft. Rucker, with the help of graphic images and a drunk-driving simulator.

Rich said, “People get woozy and nauseous. I have had people throw up before inside of it.”

Numerous reports show military members are at a higher risk of drinking and driving. Even with that in mind, Rich says some don't want to listen to the warnings.

Rich said, “We lose more soldiers from drinking and driving than we do fighting any war.”

Rogers thinks those who aren't paying attention are putting everyone at risk, not just themselves.

Rogers said, “It’s their loss, people that are really in there for the good of it, it's their gain.”

A gain that could save a life.

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