On February 16th of this year, the life of Deana Eckman was tragically cut short. On that evening, Deana and her husband, Chris, were driving home from a family event. They were struck in a violent crash in Upper Chichester Township by a drunk driver. Deana was killed and Chris was severely injured.
The driver that killed Deana had been previously convicted of five DUI offenses. After this horrific accident, this individual was charged with his sixth DUI.
Shortly after Deana’s death, I met with her family to discuss this tragedy. Their lives were shattered, but they were determined to change the system that allowed a repeat DUI offender to take a loved one.
Last week, I hosted a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing at Neumann University to discuss new ways to stop repeat DUI offenders like the one that killed Deana. The hearing was chaired by Senator Dave Argall. Deana’s parents, Rich and Roseann DeRosa, and her husband, Chris, attended the hearing.
Several speakers, including Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland, provided valuable insight about how Pennsylvania can stop the revolving door system for repeat DUI offenders.
You are able to watch last week’s hearing HERE.
In April, I proposed Deana’s Law to help protect our families from repeat DUI offenders. The testimony provided at last week’s hearing and the work that will be done over the next several months will assist in developing the legislative language for Deana’s Law.
More information about Deana’s Law can be found HERE.
I am grateful to Deana’s family and others who attended last week’s hearing to provide ideas that can be incorporated into Deana’s Law. As Deana’s mother, Roseann, said to me, if we can save even one life from a drunk driver by passing this law, it will be more than worth it.
Below you will find photos from the Senate hearing on repeat DUI offenders.
Another Successful Kids Fun Fair
On May 11th, we held our annual Kids Fun Fair in Concord Township. With hundreds of local families attending the event throughout the day, it was a big success.
This year’s Kids Fun Fair had a record number of vendors from federal, state and county agencies and non-profit organizations that provided valuable information to families.
Other fair participants included the Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute, SEPTA Transit Police K-9 Unit and Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Unit with their horses. We also had a moon bounce, face painting and free balloon animal gifts for children.
A video featuring highlights of the Kids Fun Fair can be found HERE. Below are photos from the event.
I hope to see you at next year’s Kids Fun Fair!
Remembering Those Who Sacrificed
This Memorial Day, we proudly honor the memory of those in the military who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends.
Chester Waterfront Development Grant
I am proud to announce that this week Chester City was awarded a $182,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, a portion of which will go to funding a Chester Waterfront Master Plan. This plan is being managed by the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County in partnership with the City and County.
I sit on the Riverfront Alliance’s Waterfront Development board, as well as the Public Safety and Affordable Housing boards. There is a lot of good work being done in Chester City. The success of this project would have an enormous economic impact on the entire region. I look forward to working with our partners in the City to make this plan a reality.
Assistance for Veterans
I partner with the Pennsylvania American Legion every month to assist local veterans at my Brookhaven office. A representative from this organization will be helping veterans with issues on:
Date: Wednesday, June 26th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Senator Killion’s Brookhaven Office, 4110 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA
I encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment during these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting my office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service is offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
How I Can Help
My offices provide many services to families in our area. Here are some of the ways we can help.
How to Contact Me
Please visit my website at www.SenatorKillion.com.
I have staffed two offices in the district to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries. Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Locations are noted below.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with an issue relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
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