On this 10th Anniversary of Walk Like MADD, we hope that you and thousands of others will rally together in over 90 cities around the nation to help create a future of No More Victims®.
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Robert Burr, Jr. (Bob) was our resident funny guy, our go to guy, our expert tree guy, our rock. He was a loving father and an integral part of our family. He could make your day better with a crooked smile, always with one eye closed. He could brighten up any room, or make any party come to life. He was a gentle soul with a zest for life. Bob was a very talented man, he could fix anything, climb, prune, or fell any tree. He could build the most beautiful dry fit stone walls from simple field stone or cook up one heck of a steak. We lost all those things in an instant due to someone else’s poor choice to drive drunk on July 8th, 2012.
That night, a large group of our family attended the fireworks at SailFest in New London. The bright flashes and loud bangs of the fireworks that brought us so much joy turned into the loud bangs of a fatal drunk driving car accident, and the flashing lights of emergency response vehicles. A drunk driver had entered I-95 perpendicular to the flow of traffic directly in front of Bob and his fiancé Emily, which caused his motorcycle to crash into the vehicle. Bob’s uncle and his passenger who had been traveling with them on another motorcycle were also unable to avoid the crash. Three members of our family were injured, and Bob was pronounced dead at the scene. These events left three young children fatherless, and countless hearts broken.
Bob will never get the chance to teach his eldest son to drive or his youngest son to tie his shoes. He will never get the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding or hold his grandchildren. He will not get to see his children graduate or help them through the tough times in their lives. He has missed many milestones in all our lives: marriages, births, Tuesdays, birthdays, holidays, bonfires. It’s the every day living that breaks our hearts. The fact that we can’t pick up a phone or take a ride to his house to hear his belly laugh or get an awesome “Bob Hug”. We never thought that we would be without our Bob. We never thought our family would be come a statistic. Does anyone?
We Walk Like MADD to support an organization that was a shoulder for us to cry on and a light to guide us in the toughest of times. We walk to put an end to a crime that is 100% preventable. We walk so that hopefully, one day, there will be no more statistics.