Shane was born on February 12, 1990. He was a great kid who very early in life knew who he wanted to be.

He developed a love for the military, especially the veterans of WWII, and honored these men and women by learning all he could about “The Greatest Generation.” Shane so admired these heroes that he planned to enlist in the National Guard after high school.

Certainly, Shane would have been a fine soldier: By age 13, he had already earned the rank of Eagle Scout. It was an accomplishment of which Shane was very proud. But for Shane, scouting was about more than just badges or rank; it was about time spent with his dad and fellow scouts. Hawk Mountain held a special place in his heart.

Shane joined the Oreland Fire Company the first day he was eligible. He trained and worked with an uncommon enthusiasm, and it was an absolute pleasure for us to rush Shane out to the firehouse each time the siren went off.

Somehow, Shane found time for his other interests, too: He participated in theatre productions at Springfield High School and was pursuing his pilot’s license.

We will probably never know what happened on December 12, 2006, the day Shane took his own life. He was only 16 years old, and well on his way to becoming the person he always wanted to be.

What we do know is that future tragedies can be prevented. They must be prevented. This web site is dedicated to doing just that.

To those of you reading this who are struggling with depression or sadness, loneliness or despair, remember this: You are a necessary, integral and unique member of your family and your world. You are loved.

And you have so much to live for.

— Donna Halligan, March 2007

Shane's Story