Author: Travis Nichols
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Forget Me NotTribut
The MADD Forget Me Not tribute is an annual time to remember and honor those who have been killed or injured in an impaired driving crash or underage drinking incident. It’s also a time to show appreciation towards law enforcement for saving lives by keeping our streets safe.
This year, Bio-One had the honor of sponsoring lunch for about 60 attendees from Cobby’s Sandwich Shop. Cobby’s is a local, family-owned business perfecting the craft of sandwich making since 1979. Cloverdale Funeral home graciously hosts the event every year.
The ceremony began with the patriotic Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem by the Boise City Police and Idaho State Police Honor Guard. The service was opened and closed by Reverend Bill Roscoe, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain, with an encouraging word from the Psalms. Miren Aburusa, the Lead Victim Services Specialist for MADD Idaho, hosted the event, which included a rendition of Amazing Grace, presentation of blankets, a reading of Waterbugs and Dragonflies, and a Tribute slide show.
The presentation of blankets was an inspirational moment. Survivors of impaired driving made custom knotted fleece blankets to give to patrolmen. The patrolmen keep them in their cars to have at the ready to give to children in case of an accident. This year, Ada County Victim Witness Coordinator, Janet Lawler, accepted them on behalf of the Sheriff’s office.
Then a slideshow was played with pictures of all the victims in Idaho over the last 30 years. Sadly, the tribute video gets longer every year. But imagine if organizations like MADD were not lobbying to pass the new ignition interlock law or if law enforcement wasn’t saturating the interstate to remind people of the dangers of impaired driving?
It was clear after hearing the stories of several survivors, how touching the annual memorial is to them. The service concluded with the passing of the “Love Like MADD” Quilt from Idaho State Police to hang at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, an annual tradition. A lovely reception followed for guests to meet and encourage one another over homemade cookies, delicious sandwiches and drinks. #BioOneBacksTheBlue
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