It was the nightmare phone call that no parent ever wants to receive.
â??When they say this is the worst phone call you're ever going to get, it is the worst phone call you're going to get,â?? explained Rachel Siegle.
Eight months ago, 19-year-old Russell Hill was driving drunk when he crashed into a road sign.
â??I left work, and by the time I got home, my husband, who's a paramedic, was on the phone with the hospital they were trying to get Russell to,â?? explains Siegle, Russellâ??s mother, â??and Pat had hung up and said that Russell had passed, that he had frontal head damage."
Rachel said that even though he had struggled with drinking before, he always had a very positive outlook on life and had many friends.
â??We were always honest to each other,â?? she said. â??He was always happy, always there for his friends, last minute. If I was upset or sad or angry, I could call him and he always told me the truth.â??
According to an Alcohol Awareness article on About.com, teenage drunk driving increases during the months of April, May, and June, mainly because of prom and graduation season.
Rachel said that parents have a responsibility to be honest with their kids about the issue.
â??You would prefer that call at two, three, four, five o'clock in the morning from your son or daughter who had been drinking saying, 'Please can you get me,' and you saying, Iâ??ll be right there,â?? said Siegle. â??As hard as it's going to be, be that parent."
In memory of Russell, family and friends released balloons that said Happy Birthday on them, since today (Wednesday) would have been Russellâ??s twentieth birthday. And even though Russellâ??s life came to an abrupt halt, Rachel said she's using this horrible reality to bring light to an important issue.
â??Tell your parents, 'Iâ??m going here or there.â?? Let them know,â?? she explained.
On Wednesday, people gathered to remember a life that was lost, but not forgotten.
"He will be forever 19, and he will forever be our son,â?? Siegle said.