On March 27, 2008 Pennsylvania State Trooper Kenton Iwaniec, a Westmorland County native, finished his shift and began his drive home. Just two miles away from his station, an impaired driver crossed the centerline, hit Kenton’s vehicle head-on, and another beautiful life was added to the DUI victim’s death toll.
Kenton was the type of son you wanted to carry on the family name. His heart was compassionate, his mind was quick, and his sense of humor was one of a kind. Kenton was dedicated to his friends, family God, and Country. In a few words, Kenton lived to serve.
Each year, over 10,000 families are destroyed by impaired drivers. The aftermath of Kenton’s death has changed the Iwaniec family forever. In order to find meaning in his death, to honor his life, and most importantly to do anything to prevent other families from going through what they’ve experienced, the Iwaniecs stress the importance of responsible choices as an effective and simple way to reduce DUI’s. TakeOff is a race to honor DUI victims, raise awareness about the seriousness of impaired driving, and encourage the community to have a positive influence in the education of impaired driving. All profits will go to encourage the community to have a positive influence in the reduction of impaired driving. All profits will go to the purchase of breathalyzers (PBTs) for the Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2009, the Iwaniecs, with the help of the community, have purchased 1,800 PBTs. This year, the goal is to purchase 200 PBTs. Thank you for your support; with your help we can shape the future.
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