In memory of my husband, we will fight for changes

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I wish to thank those who provided the emotional and physical support for my family and the community that was affected by the death of my husband, James Posey, on Dec. 22 in an accident in which another driver has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (“Driver in Fatal Crash Was Likely Drunk, Speeding, Police Say,” Dec. 24). As we should have been preparing for the final touches of a merry Christmas, my family was instead preparing to bury a wonderful, funny and loving man.

In the days, months and years ahead we are going to focus on a malignancy that has been growing in our society for much too long. This is a fight I am taking all the way to the top to hopefully prevent another family from being pushed into the nightmare that presented itself on that horrific night.

Still, in this journey we have embarked on, there have been miraculous revelations put before us. You think you know a man you spent 40 years with, but to see the return that his love of community brought to my family in our time of need tells a tale greater than I could have imagined. James Posey’s essence manifested itself as hundreds of people came forth with their stories of what he gave to them that made their world a better place. I stood there in humbleness as I realized that he was not just a family man but a man of the community. I am honored to have been his wife for so long.

Each person who stood with me as we said goodbye to James Posey has committed himself or herself to making his legacy as inspirational as it was when he was alive. I am eternally grateful to those who have promised to do whatever it takes to put his mark on tomorrow.

Drunken driving must be something that is at the top of our political agenda, and we must make our representatives know that we in mass are watching what they do to make a change. Once again, my heartfelt thanks to those who carried me when I didn’t know how I would walk, and now we will march as one.


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