When she was young, Lois Gordon lost her 17-year-old brother in a car crash that devastated her family. Later in life, after she became a mother, she lived in fear that one day there would be a knock on the door about her only son.
On May 18, 2008, that day happened.
Her son, John T. Gordon, nicknamed "Rusty" for the color of his hair when he was a boy, built his life in Marion, Ohio. He was a law enforcement officer who worked alongside his father as part of the only father-son bailiff pair in the state of Ohio.
This was a point of pride for him and his father, John P.T. Gordon, but his real joy came from being a husband and a father to his son and daughter. According to his mother, Lois, John made sure to attend every sports event, recital, and dance class his kids participated in.
On May 18, 2008, John was riding his motorcycle on Ohio State Route 4 when a young man driving a truck swerved into oncoming traffic. John was struck and died instantly.
Records later showed that the driver was using his cell phone at the time of the crash.
“Before our son was killed, I never thought about people using their cell phones while driving. But now, I see it everywhere,” said Lois. “We're missing the birthdays, the holidays, our son walking his daughter down the aisle. And for what? A telephone?”
As Lois says, "You may get away with it four or five times, ten times, or fifty times--and not get hurt or hurt someone else--but there's going to be a day when you don't."
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