July 20th, 2015 – GALLOWAY – Fifteen years ago, a young navy ensign was driving from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he had graduated only two months earlier. He was on his way home to Egg Harbor Township for his mother’s birthday, but never made it home after being struck and killed by a drunk driver.
That young man was John R. Elliott, and his family started the hero campaign in his memory to promote designated driving and help put an end to tragedies caused by intoxicated drivers.
On this 15th Anniversary of Elliott’s death, the family isn’t mourning. Instead they are celebrating the thousands of lives saved by The Hero Campaign, whose motto is “Be a hero. Be a designated driver. ”
The occasion was marked by family, friends, and supporters with a gala brunch, held last Sunday at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Gold Club. The keynote speaker was former Jersey boy himself, retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzy, who grew up in Atlantic City.
“Even in death, Ensign John Elliott, United States Navy, continues to impact his fellow man in ways and in numbers that even he could have never imagined,” said Buzby.
The brunch highlighted the huge strides the campaign has made since Elliott’s passing.
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