Remembering Declan

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Remembrance ribbons I made for my husband and his staff to wear in memory of Declan at the 10/24/15 UMass/Toledo game Remembrance ribbons I made for my husband and his staff to wear in memory of Declan at the 10/24/15 UMass/Toledo game

October 27, 2010 was a dark day for those in my husband’s chosen profession of collegiate football videography. That afternoon, Declan Sullivan, a 20 year old student employee for the University of Notre Dame football team was filming a practice from a fully extended hydraulic scissor lift in questionable weather when a 50+ m.p.h. wind gust toppled the lift. It crashed through a fence and onto a street adjacent to the field; Declan died from his injuries shortly thereafter. When my husband texted me about the accident, I went online to learn more about it and felt physically sick when I saw pictures of the mangled scissor lift. I knew that a) this tragedy was completely avoidable and b) I thought about all the times Bill has been in scissor…

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