28 years ago Lapel High School Football Captain Monte Turner was killed in a freak traffic accident. This saturday friends and family gathered at the Monte Turner field to remember him.
Monte was a rare breed a Captain that inspired and led both on the field and off.
28 years ago Monte was riding in the back of a pickup truck while helping a teammate`s parents move belongings from a house in Town to one along SR13 when a refrigerator shifted and knocked Monte to the ground. He hit his head on the pavement and was later pronounced dead at an Anderson hospital.
It is rare that we remember people who died 5 years later let alone 10 so I think it is a strong testament to Monte and those that knew and were inspired by him that his life is still being remembered 28 years on.
The field where all of the Little League games are held is named after Monte and this event also featured the unveiling of a new sign.
Several people spoke about Monte including his mother Linda, Tony Mullet (Optimist Club) and Nate the current high school football coach. His father Gerald and sister Jill were also present along with Woody Fields current school Superintendant but formerly Monte's School Coach.
It is the inspiration and legacy that people like Monte leave behind that inspires Tony and the others that work with the Lapel Optimist Club to do what they do and to give the kids of the local community a home away from home.
You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.