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March 10, 2013

Teen spreads word about alcohol immunity law

Lifeline Law intends to save lives by shielding youths against underage drinking charges

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COLUMBUS —

The months since Brett’s death have been difficult for his parents.

Norman Finbloom said he cries every day. He and his wife have joined separate support groups, and their 14-year-old daughter, Jenna, who idolized her brother, is in grief counseling.

Normally happy milestones will never be the same. The fateful phone call and torturous 10-minute drive to the hospital was on the day of the Finblooms’ wedding anniversary.

Brett’s parents harness their pain by accepting invitations to speak about their experience and emphasize the need for people to make good decisions in crisis situations. They have had 12 speaking engagements so far and hope to do many more to spread their message.

“There’s no one unaffected when someone dies like this,” Norman Finbloom said. “The kids who were at that party with my son were just scared, but they have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

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