Just One Night
Life is all about choices. From trivial day-to-day things to life and death situations,
learning how to make good choices is crucial.
February 17, 1994 started out as a good day for Tom Boyle. He was on the verge of making
a multimillion-dollar deal for his company, and was looking forward to going home the next day to his family in Vermont.
Tom wasn‘t a heavy drinker, but as the day wore into night, he decided to have a few
beers with some friends, and later, a few beers more with some strangers he met in a
bar in Concord, NH. That‘s the last thing he remembers about that night.
Tom‘s next memory - being rolled along on a hospital gurney. A state trooper informed
him that he, Tom Boyle - family man and successful businessman - had just killed his
passenger by driving into a Concord snowplow at 100 miles per hour. Tom‘s immediate
response? He didn‘t know anyone was in the car. At his trial, he was sentenced to 4-8
years for manslaughter.
Tom Boyle had already served more than two years of his sentence at the New Hampshire
state prison when he received a visitor. It was Rod Forey, the state trooper who had
arrested Tom. Rod had a proposal: that Tom tell his story to audiences of high school and
college students. Tom agreed, and began the first of more than 50 presentations.
Ths program allows your students to see the impact one decision can have on their lives.
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