Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Remembering Phillip Caler

It is with a heavy heart that I write today. I am terribly saddened by the passing of Phillip Caler, 20, of Booker, Texas.

Phillip was involved in a tragic accident back in 2009, which occurred at a mall in downtown Indianapolis while he and his fellow Booker FFA members were attending the National FFA Convention. 

Since the accident, the FFA community from across this country and especially here in Texas have come together to offer assistance to Phillip and his family. Now we offer our strength, as we grieve his passing.

When the accident happened, the Booker ISD superintendent continuously updated the school’s website with news about Phillip’s condition. A Facebook group also was created to allow well-wishers to share their thoughts.

One post on the Facebook group called Thoughts and Prayers for Phillip Caler says, “FFA is a strong group and when one hurts they all hurt.” This statement rings true of the FFA organization. When we put on those blue and gold jackets, we become a family. 

This week, as Phillip is laid to rest, I send my thoughts and prayers to Phillip’s family and the entire Booker community. May the lord bring you peace, and I hope you will be able to lean on the support from your fellow Texans and the FFA.