How many of you could have said what Ryan Bresette of Overland Park did on Wednesday?
He was in Birmingham, Ala., talking about the death of his 10-year-old son, Luke, after a large display sign fell on the youngster in 2013 at the local airport. His remarks were made on the day the family settled a wrongful death lawsuit with companies involved in installing the sign.
From a prepared statement, the still-grieving father said:
“While our faith teaches us the importance of personal accountability, it also teaches us about the need for forgiveness. Luke also believed in forgiveness — asking for forgiveness and forgiving others. The individuals who make up the companies involved here are good and decent people who never intended this result. Nevertheless, mistakes were made and there has now been accountability and repentance. Our family in return extends forgiveness.”
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Think about that for a moment, because it could bring tears to your eyes.
It’s a good message of forgiveness that rings true.
And it’s especially notable that, as his father said, Luke believed in forgiveness at such a young age.
The Bresette family was deeply affected by the accident, because other members were injured when the sign fell.
Looking forward, the family has started the Live Like Luke Foundation to help children affected by tragedies or hardships. https://www.facebook.com/livelikeluke/info
One more thing: The airport officials and companies involved with installing the signs made changes that ensured safer signs are now in place at the airport.
That’s another lasting legacy of Luke Bresette.