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No one immune to untimely events

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My Views

By The Staff

Maybe it is the fact that my son is just weeks away from getting his driver’s license.

Or maybe it is from writing too many stories detailing death coming much too early for too many youths in our community.

The old belief that the young is indestructible is nothing but a myth.

Just ask the families of Preston Cissell, Jason Smith and R.D. Reynolds.

The community lost each of these young men in the recent couple of months. They were lost in different ways but they were all lost much too early in their lives.

Every community goes through these losses on a daily basis.

Bullitt County is not immune. It just hurts a little more when it’s close to home.

The aforementioned young men are a bit more familiar as each excelled in sports.

Having covered a lot of North Bullitt sports over the past few years, it seems like just yesterday when Preston Cissell was hanging on the fence cheering on little brother, Dalton, last fall.

And on Friday night, there was R.D. Reynolds back cheering on his Eagles.

The next morning, he was gone.

Times are more complex than when I was growing up so many years ago.

Teens have many more decisions to make. They have many more opportunities to make decisions that will get them into trouble or help them stay out of danger’s path.

The roadways are more congested today - many of these dangerous vehicles being operated by those who are talking on cell phones, eating a sandwich or putting on makeup.

I’m sure that the North Bullitt campus was a somber place on Monday even though Reynolds graduated two years ago.

The word of the accident spread through the text messages on Saturday morning. There are no secrets any more.

You can’t live in a bubble and you can’t walk around on eggshells.

But if there is a lesson to be learned, it should be that life is precious. One moment you could be watching a football game and the next you could be gone.

No one is invincible. Bad things can happen to good people.

Sometimes you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As a grieving family will tell you, there are no answers to why things might happen.

There are often contributing factors and sometimes we can control those to some degree.

Whenever there is tragedy, there is hope that lessons can be learned.

It might be that not mixing alcohol and drugs while driving is a lesson learned.

Or it might be that hanging around with the wrong people could be a vital lesson learned.

Or maybe obeying the speed limits, which are posted for a reason could be learned.

It could be that the lesson is that you look at those car tires every once in awhile to make sure they are safe and sound.

The lesson might be to not try to stay up for days without sleep and then try to drive or operate machinery.

For the families and loved ones of those who have met an untimely death, it really doesn’t matter the lesson or the reason.

They are grieving such a great loss. All we can do is offer our support and prayers.

And every once in a while we have those good news stories.

Jesse Bratcher, a junior football player at Bullitt East, underwent brain surgery last week after a helmet-to-helmet collision.

The news has been all good as he makes what some have called a miracle recovery.

In our times of grief for the families of Preston, Jason and R.D., there is also those moments of hope like Jesse.

Life is precious.