Allyson Blair of Channel 5 CBS news in Arizona ran a wonderful piece about Project Blue that pays tribute to Project Blue and the wonderful job Robert Cooper and his SSAR team are doing to help keep Project Blue in action. I literally was brought to tears as the story unfolded on my computer screen. Allyson has been involved in reporting our cause from early on and her efforts, along with those of CBS News, are so appreciated that words cannot express our gratitude. The word is out, and now is the time to spread the word to other search and rescue organizations across the state, and country as well, to join in our cause.
At a minimum we strive to maximize the efforts of search and rescue teams so they can utilize their resources most effectively and help more people because of that. At its best, we know lives will be saved due to our efforts. I applaud all of you who have joined us in the past two years. My brother would be proud to have his memory honored this way, and it makes me proud to have been able to meet and be associated with such warm and caring people that Jeff's tragedy has brought us together for.
The first vehicle markings for Project Blue have been made. March 9, 2014 marked a beautiful day as several members of the Superstition Search and Rescue (SSAR) group, along with the founders of Project Blue, Inc. (Sherwin and Dan Block) drove to a treacherous stretch of road outside of Apache Junction, AZ to mark vehicles that had met a tragic end off of an unprotected stretch of highway. ABC News 15 was on site to record our historic event and help pull support for the wonderful crew of Robert Cooper's SSAR team and the planned continuation of Project Blue's goals. Eagle One, a newly acquired video drone that is proving instrumental to enhancing the search and response capabilities of the SSAR team was on hand under the steady hand of Commander Cooper to witness and video capture our event and our first vehicle markings.
Four vehicles, including a motorcycle, were marked for future identification to help identify any other vehicles who misjudge the close proximity of the road's shoulder and the treacherous drop that lay ahead. Hopefully we can convince the ADOT that one or more lives can be saved by simply using history to determine where to place guard rails along this and other such stretches. Click on the pictures above to view our day. We hope to have video available soon as well.
Finally plans are in place to mark our first vehicles with SSAR. Planned date is March 8th and the location is still to be determined. I will share pictures and media links for everyone to view the following week of March 10th. Once we start we hope everyone will help us spread the word to enlist public and even political support to encourage local authorities to join in the cause to mark new vehicle wreckage as it happens. After all, marking old wreckage will be great, but we need to make every effort to mark new wreckage as it occurs. I know I can count on our FaceBook followers and all PB fans to help us maximize our efforts to achieve our goals. More to follow...
We are still trying to gain permission to mark vehicles on WMAT property around where Jeff's vehicle left the road, but have not had any replies to date. As soon as we do, or start Project Blue vehicle marking elsewhere, I will let everyone know. Hope everyone's holidays are safe and wonderful, and that Project Blue has not been forgotten.
Regarding Project Blue, I have not seen the final memorial piece yet, but my plans to launch Project Blue the first week of October will once again need to be delayed as I take care of the tasks that lay ahead. For those who knew my Mother, or met her for the first time at my Brother's memorial last October, I know this comes as a shock. It was quick, but rest assured her last few days were peaceful and without pain. The staff at Scripps hospital in La Jolla were all incredible in their efforts to do their best to save her, and at the same time respecting her wishes to be comfortable in her final days. I will post at a future date when I am able to get us back on track with Project Blue. 2013 is still in my gameplan so hang in there with me all ye faithful. And please, light a candle, say a prayer, give a smile to my Mom up above. Parents are the reason we are all here where we are. Knowing each other, honoring good people passed, making good emerge from tragedy. My parents are always in my heart, through life and beyond, and I owe everything I have; all I have done; and all that those I have touched will do, to them. In this circle of life, we all live forever in the hearts, minds and actions of those we touch.
The finishing touches of the memorial are being made and I will post a photo as soon as I have one. We plan to place the memorial at a yet to be determined location between now and early October. I will keep everyone posted.