Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for React Mobile.
There are many days in my life that I want to remember forever, and there are others that I’d rather forget completely. September 17, 2003 is a day I will always remember, but not because it was a happy day. It was one of the worst days of my life actually.
I’ll never forget that day – where I was, what I was doing, how dreary the weather was, or how my Mom’s voice sounded on the other end of the telephone when she told me that my friend, Dawn, a 21-year-old pre-med student, was missing. A day earlier, she was supposed to meet her mother at an early morning eye doctor appointment an hour away from the college she was attending, but she never showed up.
Dawn’s father and a friend of their family drove up and down the interstate, along the route she would have taken to get to her eye doctor appointment – looking for her, her car, or any other signs of her. They had no luck.
I had just been hired at the office I was working at a few weeks prior, and was trying to remain professional, all the while terrified inside. I kept checking the news online to see if there were any updates.
And then, there was one that made my heart completely sink into my chest, a lump well up in the back of my throat and my skin turn pale and cold. The authorities had found a body – a young woman’s body – not very far from Dawn’s college campus. They didn’t announce that it was her yet. They were waiting for confirmation from next of kin, but I knew it was her. My friend was gone.
Later on the details of Dawn’s death were made public. She had been abducted at 7:00 in the morning, in broad daylight, in the parking lot of her college campus. The man that abducted her was 6 foot 3 inches, weighed 240 pounds, was mentally ill, and on parole from the Utah prison system, where he’d been convicted for burglary and kidnapping.
I won’t get into the details of what that monster did to Dawn, or how she died, as it is very graphic and painful for me to talk about. If you’d like to read more about this case, you can do so here.
Dawn’s body was found only 1 mile from her college campus, an entire day after she was reported missing. It haunts me to think of how close to her home she was, that her abduction happened in broad daylight, in a busy parking lot, and NOBODY SAW HER. It just goes to show that you can never let your guard down, or be too safe. Danger could be lurking just around the corner.
Since Dawn’s death, I have become extremely aware of my surroundings. I walk very fast from one location to another, carefully scoping out the area around me for danger. I avoid dark areas as much as possible, I always have my keys out and ready to open my car door, and I always have my cell phone in my hand, ready to dial 911 if necessary.
I’m Staying Safe With the React Mobile App
I just recently learned about a safety app, React Mobile, that I will be using from now on as well. With the React Mobile app, you can easily send your loved ones a text message that allows them to track your location.
If you run into trouble during your journey, you can press a button to let them know via text, tweet or even through Facebook.
You can also dial 911 right from the app. When you arrive safe at home, you can press the “I’m safe button.” to let your friends and family know.
My younger sister often walks the trails around her home by herself, so I’m going to make her get this app stat. She hasn’t had to deal with the painful experience of a friend being abducted and murdered like I have, so she thinks it’s a bit silly that I worry about her so much. I have asked her to send me a text whenever she goes out for a walk alone, and another when she is safe at home, but she often forgets to do so. Even if she did send me a text, I wouldn’t know her exact location if she ran into trouble, and I wouldn’t know she was in trouble until it was too late for me to do anything to help her. There are multiple trails in that area, and they are surrounded by heavy brush. There is also a river nearby, so that makes me worry even more.
I will feel a million times better knowing that she has the React Mobile app on her phone. I’ll be able to follow along on her walk, will know her exact location if anything should happen to her, and I’ll know when she arrives home.
I don’t want to lose anymore friends or family members in the way that I lost Dawn. If only she had the React Mobile app on her cell phone that morning, she might still be alive today. She could have alerted friends, family and 911 that she was in trouble. Instead, she endured things that no one should ever have to go through.
So, download the React Mobile app today. Tell all of your friends and family members to also. Let’s help prevent other tragic and completely preventable losses from occurring.