Newscaster Paul Harvey had a week day radio broadcast by this name for many years. In it he told the story of a person or company that had been in the headlines or was a household name. Many Springfield Christians listened as his passionate voice told the facts behind what had already been heard about a situation, event or individual.
Jacob Trammell’s name and photograph were shown on KY3 in conjunction with a stop and arrest. He was charged with representing himself as a police officer by using red and blue lights that were installed in his vehicle to pull over drivers and reprimand them for their actions behind the wheel. This is illegal and while we citizens might sometimes want the authority to do this, it is not a wise action without that certification. And now, The Rest of the Story.
Jacob is a personal friend. His struggle with cancer a few years ago was even documented on local TV when he was presented with a wish from the local Make-A-Wish Foundation and he and his family were taken to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game and he took batting practice with Albert Pujols. ESPN featured him on one of their “My Wish” broadcasts. Other health problems came about after his survival from the cancer crisis. Prayer by family and friends have helped his mother, sister and he triumph over many trials. Family members have dealt with health issues as well and through it all this young man has stood strong.
He was active in his church youth group, played the drums in the worship band and graduated from Willard High School. He is one student that most of his teachers think is destined to have a great future. None of this was included in the story being reported now.
The part of the story that cannot be told yet is how will Mr. Trammell bounce back from this mistake that he has made. Will he regain the wisdom of his youth and continue his education so that he can stay someone to be proud of? The Rest of the Story is left to Jacob. He can continue to be the fine young man others have respected and admired or he can let this error in judgment affect his entire life.
Words of encouragement can be expressed and support can be given. The rest is up to him. This will be my closing thought to Jacob. Maddie still loves you.