July 1, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Bracelets honoring Booker bring attention to Scott’s Law

Vickie Reese is hoping a bracelet will help people remember to move over when they see flashing lights.

Reese, the wife of Fire Chief Josh Reese, is selling metal bracelets to honor Ross Booker.

Booker died from injuries sustained at an accident site he was working as a tow truck operator.

After Bookers’s death, Chief Reese contacted Taylor’s Tins to see if a shield could be made to honor Ross in the firehouse.

Vickie started looking on their website and saw they made memorial cuffs so she asked if they could make one for Booker.

“He knew the story,” Reese said.

Reese had an idea for the bracelet with Booker’s name, his date of birth and death, a tow truck chain and a fire ax.

“Within an hour he sent me a proof and it went from there,” she said.

Reese said she hopes the bracelets will serve as a way to educate people about Scott’s Law, which requires vehicles to pull over when approaching accident scenes or first responders.

The bracelets are $10 with $5 going back to the family.

Reese said Taylor’s Tins always supports the fire department.

“They take care of their Fire Family wherever that family maybe,” she said.

Reese said so far they have sold 230 cuffs.

“We feel it is important to get the word out about Scott’s Law simply to help protect fellow first responders and tow truck operators,” she said. “Whatever we can do to make others aware when those lights are flashing move over and slow down.”

Reese said she hopes the tragedy of what happened to Booker makes people be more aware when they are behind the wheel.

“Our Fire Family has suffered a great deal, as well as our Tow Family at Tatman’s,” she said. “I know we will all continue to promote Scott’s Law and raise awareness near and far. We want our men and women responding to a scene to be able to go back home to their families.”

The final order for bracelets will be placed one week from today.

Visit Bookers’ Blessings on Facebook for more information.

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