Thursday 4th November 2010

by monke

The Dickinson State softball team is selling ResQMe tool keychains for $10 each. The proceeds of the sales will go toward the A.K.A. Scholarship fund.

The tools are small enough to hang on a keychain, and contain a glass-breaking spike with enough pressure to shatter glass and a razor capable of slicing through a seatbelt.

The tools are emblazened with the A.K.A. logo in memory of Kyrstin Gemar, Ashley Neufeld and Afton Williamson, the three DSU softball players who drowned Nov. 1, 2009, when the vehicle they were in crashed into a stock pond northwest of Dickinson and they were unable to escape. The ResQMe tools are designed to help avoid other similar tragedies.

To purchase a ResQMe tool, contact DSU softball coach Kristen Fleury at 701-483-2567 or e-mail her at kristen.fleury@dickinsonstate.edu.

If you read my story on the one-year anniversary of the players’ deaths, you’ll know that these keychains have already been sold in Canada after a family friend of the Neufelds in Brandon, Manitoba, spearheaded the effort.

Ashley Neufeld’s father, Phil, said of the tools: “To save a life, that was the whole goal behind it.”

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