MADD vigil offers opportunity for families to continue to heal

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AMHERST No one is invincible.

Just ask Margaret Miller, the mother of the late Const. Bruce Miller, a Springhill police officer who was killed by an impaired driver.

MADD vigil offers opportunity for families to continue to heal

AMHERST No one is invincible.

Just ask Margaret Miller, the mother of the late Const. Bruce Miller, a Springhill police officer who was killed by an impaired driver.

Miller, the incoming president of MADD Canada, learned this first hand as her son became one of the statistics that every parent fears.

She said all parents sit up and worry about the safety of their children and each of the parents who have suffered a great loss know the horror of phone calls at 3 a.m.

Bruce was the kind of guy that any girl could bring home to meet her parents, she said.

When I said good-bye to him that weekend, I didnt think that would be the last time Id talk to him. I didnt get to tell him the kind of son he was, she added.

Millers family must now forge through life without Bruce and in order to do so and heal properly, each person in attendance at a candlelight vigil of hope and remembrance were presented an opportunity to discuss these tragedies, meet people who have also suffered, share their stories and heal.

Vigils are held annually across Canada. Participants bring tributes they have written and a photo to the vigil and each person will have a candle lit in their memory by a family member and the tribute read as part of the ceremony.

It was attending a meeting and a chance meeting of someone who had suffered a similar fate that helped Miller on the road to healing.

I met Janice Gilroy at a town hall meeting about three months after Bruces death and I was amazed she could get up and talk about the loss of her son Raymond, she said. I thank you for that Janice,.

Miller will lead MADD into the future and through the vast resources and friends that have been forged during the efforts to eradicate the country of deaths due to impaired driving, she hopes to stop, not slow down, impaired driving.

Through the efforts of legislation, technology, this dream can become a reality.

I see a future without the need of this type of assembly because one loss of life from this preventable tragedy is too many.

Organizations: MADD

Geographic location: Springhill, Canada

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