• Family and friends mourn the death of Michael Tufts

    Patricia and Robert Tufts, Michael Tufts’ parents, did copious research online after people going out of a coma after so many years. “We always had hope, Patty more than me. Michael’s recovery was up to him and God,” Robert says on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.

    Patricia and Robert Tufts, Michael Tufts’ parents, did copious research online after people going out of a coma after so many years. “We always had hope, Patty more than me. Michael’s recovery was up to him and God,” Robert says on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.

    By Maria Di Bianca, Caty Eisterhold & Bita Eghbali

    Michael Tufts served as a police officer at the New Bloomfield Police Department for four months before he was hit by a drunk driver in Columbia, Mo. He spent the next 20 months in a coma before dying on Aug. 23, 2014.

    While Michael’s death was tragic, his legacy lives on through his family and friends. The Michael Tufts Memorial Fund is a way for his family to raise awareness about drinking and driving.

    His mother, Patricia Tufts, still feels Michael’s absence. She said she never thought this would happen to her and nobody can expect this kind of tragedy to happen in their lives until they are forced to deal with it.

    “I look back now and I’m realizing some of the things that parents want for their kids is, besides getting a job and an education, you always hope they have friends,” she said.

    Listen and read the full story on KBIA.org.

    ----------Posted on October 7, 2014 by in Student Work

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