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Red Letter Day For Red Ribbon Week

COLUMBIA FALLS -

It is a story he has told to hundreds of people, but it never gets any easier.

Jason DeShazer wrapped up Red Ribbon Week in Columbia Falls Friday, November 1, sharing his story with high schoolers.

Jason DeShazer's words have filled the auditoriums of nine Flathead schools during Red Ribbon Week. His cautionary tale of the fatal consequences of driving under the influence struck a chord with at least one student.

"I have a lot of relations to this in my family life so the stories he told were hitting home for me," said Brooke Wilson.

Wilson, a senior at Columbia Falls High School, is familiar with the dangers of drunk driving.

Watching a family member with substance abuse problems has led her to form her own convictions, but hearing the lessons echoed helped.

"I've definitely learned from that family member what to do and what not to do, but having somebody else say--trying to teach everybody else the same things is good," said Wilson.

Teaching is what DeShazer has devoted his life to--sharing his experience all across the state of his own volition, rather than a parole mandate, but coming back to the Flathead where his impaired driving took the life of Dawn Bowker, a teacher at Somers Middle School on her way to work one morning, has not been easy.

"It's humbling to be in the Valley, the same Valley I devastated, I devastated this community in 2006, and for them to open their arms and bring me in to share my story and experience with other high schools and junior highs--it's really humbling," said DeShazer.

Pushing past the pain, he shares one basic message: "for every choice we make, it affects everyone around us whether it's indirectly or directly."

Already, his words are taking root.

"To teach other people and keep trying to push myself, I push other people not to do those things," said Wilson.

DeShazer headed back to Butte after his last speaking engagement, where he is studying engineering at the University of Montana Tech.

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