When Jay Martin was 13 years old and living in Nebraska, he answered the family phone to hear a state trooper explain his brother had been in a wreck and he needed to speak with Martin’s parents.
Martin’s 19-year-old brother was killed in a car accident in which he was driving drunk. The experience hurt not only his family, Martin said, but also others who were involved in his brother’s crash.
Today, Martin is a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office working with the department’s Y.E.S.S. program, in which officers visit local schools and teach about such topics as online safety, relationship safety and substance use.
But Martin isn’t the only one trying to teach kids the dos and don’ts of alcohol and drug use.