The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Endings Are Difficult

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

August 20, 2008

This week, my heart goes out to my neighbor Julie (Russell) Hetrick who lost her husband Brian, and to his parents Jim and Joyce Hetrick, and his brother Kevin of Gladstone, and to all Brian's many supporters and friends.

Brian died in Iowa City University Hospital from injuries in a motorcycle accident Sunday evening after an animal ran in his path. He was known throughout the area for his competitive spirit, his warm smile, and especially his determination to finish the race.

This is what makes his ending twice as hard. It is not only difficult because of the love his family had for him, but also because of how hard he had worked in racing. He was the current point leader in the Sebastian Sandblasting 305 Sprint class in his #35 sprint car at 34 Raceways, Burlington, IA. Basically, this Saturday all Brian had to do was start his engine at the championship race, to be declared the winner.

Now, 34 Raceway 305 Sprint Class has made the decision to race this Saturday, but they will not be racing for points. They have joined together and will declare their fellow competitor and friend the 2008 Sebastian Sandblasting 305 Sprint Car Track Champion at this Saturday's race. This is such an honor for his family during this difficult time.

In a 34 Raceway press release, it said, "Saturday nights just won't be the same. He will be truly and deeply missed. God bless you Brian, a true champion."

I can not help but think, Brian will be watching. It will be an emotional evening at the races, but a wonderful tribute.