Lifeline Law beginning to lead to better drinking decisions

Brett Finbloom
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Norman Finbloom can't help but smile when he talks about his son Brett.

"Humorous, strong, fun kid who loved to play soccer" said Finbloom.

But just days before the 18-year-old was set to leave for Oklahoma University, he went to a party, and had too much to drink and passed out. Then, his heart stopped beating.

"The other kids at the party were afraid to call (911). They eventually made the call, but it was too late," said Finbloom.

The Lifeline Law, which provides legal immunity for those who seek medical attention for an intoxicated person, had just been signed into law a month before Brett's death.

"Nobody knew about it," said Finbloom.

"I really believe that if people have knowledge about the law and understand it, that the situation might not even arise," said State Senator Jim Merritt (R), who authored the Lifeline bill. "But if it does arise, they'll call 911 and save a life,"

Since Brett's untimely death, Merritt has worked with Norm and Dawn Finbloom to spread the word about making good decisions. "It's about good decisions. First we don't want to encourage underage drinking, but know the Lifeline Law that opportunity exists to make the call."

The Finblooms have spoken to schools, spreading their message, and they believe it's paying off.

Back in November, two parents came to the Finbloom home, thanking them for saving their daughter's life. And as recently as last week, teens contacted the family saying they, too, made a good decision because of Brett.

"We had another student actually from IU text us last night or the night before that he made the call," said Finbloom.

While nothing can ever bring their son back, they want teens to know it's never too late to do the right thing.

"And that's what we want. We want them to think about it and make good decisions, because that's what counts," Finbloom said.

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