Two Servicemen Die In Crash

A Connecticut National Guardsman and a Marine reservist were killed Sunday on the side of I-84 after one stopped to help the other during a storm that coated roads with ice. Full Story
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A Mom

South Windsor, CT

#1 Dec 4, 2007
My prayers go out to the families and friends of these two great young men.
kitty lady

Hamden, CT

#2 Dec 4, 2007
My heart goes out to the families. As a mom, aunt, and friend to my son, nephew, and my son's friend in the service, my heart is sad. Sad stories like this make us think twice about when it may be our last day.
Thank you

Crossett, AR

#3 Dec 4, 2007
Thank God for heros like this guy. My heart goes out to all involved. What a sad ending to a life lost just trying to help.
Andy B

United States

#7 Dec 4, 2007
We all feel the loss.
Agree With CTMom

Westport, CT

#8 Dec 4, 2007
Their military background and the fact that the Courant just HAD TO mention that "neither served in Iraq" -- seems so irrelevant at a time like this...
Wife of a Soldier

United States

#10 Dec 4, 2007
CTMomof2 wrote:
My heart goes out to the families but what does their being in the military have to do with the price of tea in China? Being in the military does NOT make anyone a hero---there are everyday heroes that aren't in the military and for the record, the military is the last place for anyone to achieve their dreams.
Why is that? What is wrong with having dreams linked to the military? It sounds like these were two fine young men and their families should be proud. My sympathies to both.

Since: Dec 07

Manchester, MD

#18 Dec 4, 2007
wow. my condolences to this families. godspeed.

Since: Dec 07

Manchester, MD

#19 Dec 4, 2007
Agree With CTMom wrote:
Their military background and the fact that the Courant just HAD TO mention that "neither served in Iraq" -- seems so irrelevant at a time like this...
i agree in the iraq part. I thought that was odd to include in the piece, since is irrelevant. Their military background being included was appropiate though.
Just me

Stratford, CT

#20 Dec 4, 2007
To the families, my preayers go out to you. Yes, their service does matter because, they are living up to the motto of never leave a man behind. The military is a place to realize your dreams and to help change peoples lives. To Ctmom of 2, I see that you are still bashing the military because your husband joined without "your permission". Get over it and quit bashing the military every chance you get, it was his choice. After reading some of your statments on here, it sounds like you just want attention no matter how you get it.
Idiot kids

Beverly, MA

#21 Dec 4, 2007
CTMomof2 wrote:
My heart goes out to the families but what does their being in the military have to do with the price of tea in China? Being in the military does NOT make anyone a hero---there are everyday heroes that aren't in the military and for the record, the military is the last place for anyone to achieve their dreams.
Ahem. These two young men VOLUNTEERED to serve their country. They excelled at something 99% of all US Citizens are afraid to even try. This kid Williams IS a hero. He was stopped at an accident and was trying to help. I'll bet you would have kept on driving. Thats what separates us from you. You have the right to free speech, but you have done nothing to deserve it. How dare you say that the military is not a place where people achieve their dreams. Some of us dream of fighting to protect our families and our country, our freedom and our way of life. You wouldnt know anything about that, would you? I have served overseas numerous times, in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to speak like you know anything about the military, come take a walk in my shoes. I doubt you'd survive to the end of your first hour.
Another Mom

Stafford Springs, CT

#22 Dec 4, 2007
My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of these two fine young men. Sounds like they made the best of the short time they were here, and I would have been proud to call either one of them my son. I am so sorry for your loss.
hartford resident

United States

#24 Dec 4, 2007
stories like this make me so sad because they both seemed to be wonderful people. To the Williams family please stay strong and Hilkiyah, your brother is in a better place watching you and your siblings. Please make him proud and continue to be strong during this time. God Bless America.
meee

Hartford, CT

#32 Dec 4, 2007
To CTMomof2, you're obviously a mother, how can you at a time like this berate and insult the memory of 2 fine young men. How would you feel if heaven forbid, this happened to your child? Keep it in perspective. I also suggest that you do not making generalizations especially how military men treat the people in their lives. Oh and for the record, remember that a lot of those serving overseas are also parents. They are protecting your freedom and trying to raise children. I'd say that makes it a little harder.

To the families: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May the days ahead be a little easier with the good memories of your sons. You should be very proud of your boys. They seem like outstanding young men.

To Idiot Kids: Thank you for your service. I along with many, many others appreciate what you do on a day in and day out basis. You are truly an American Hero.
soulfulady

Webster, NY

#33 Dec 4, 2007
What a tragic story. My heart fills with compassion for everyone involved: the two young men who died together while one, Zachoriah Gentry Williams, tried to help the other, Michael Zebrowski; their families and loved ones; and the motorists who were on the road at that time.

On their behalf, especially Zachoriah who was a fellow member of the Baha'i Faith, I offer excerpts of a prayer of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, for the progress of their souls, and for the solace of their family and friends:

"Lord, I bear witness that in Thy servant Thou hast reposed Thy trust, and that is the Spirit wherewith Thou hast given life to the world. I ask Thee by the splendor of the Orb of Thy Revelation, mercifully to accept from him that which he hath achieved in Thy days. Grant then that he may be invested with the glory of Thy good-pleasure and adorned with Thine acceptance....Grant, then, O my God, that Thy servant may consort with Thy chosen ones, Thy saints and Thy Messengers in heavenly places that the pen cannot tell nor the tongue recount. O My Lord, the poor one hath verily hastened unto the Kingdom of Thy wealth, the stranger unto his home within Thy precincts, he that is sore athirst to the heavenly river of Thy bounty. Deprive him not, O Lord, from his share of the banquet of Thy grace and from the favor of Thy bounty. Thou art in truth the Almighty, the Gracious, the All-Bountiful. O my God, Thy Trust hath been returned unto Thee. It behooveth Thy grace and Thy bounty that have compassed Thy dominions on earth and in heaven, to vouchsafe unto Thy newly welcomed one Thy gifts and Thy bestowals, and the fruits of the tree of Thy grace! Powerful art Thou to do as Thou willest, there is none other God but Thee, the Gracious, the Most Bountiful, the Compassionate, the Bestower, the Pardoner, the Precious, the All-Knowing. I testify, O my Lord, that Thou hast enjoined upon men to honor their guest, and he that hath ascended unto Thee hath verily reached Thee and attained Thy Presence. Deal with him then according to Thy grace and bounty! By Thy glory, I know of a certainty that Thou wilt not withhold Thyself from that which Thou hast commanded Thy sevants, nor wilt Thou deprive him that hath clung to the cord of Thy bounty and hath ascended to the Dayspring of Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the One, the Single, the Powerful, the Omniscient, the Bountiful."
Truth be told

Guilford, CT

#35 Dec 4, 2007
In a momemt like this, there is no time to bicker or point fingers nor name calling to what anyone has taken into writing what they were feeling at the time of reading a story that has touch many in such a different way.

First and foremost, "Thank You" to the Two Wonderful Young Men who were called onto Eternal Life. Thank You to the Hartford Courant for a well deserved coverage.

Thank You to the many readers and especially to those who felt it a must to express their Opinions.

Let's Rejoice in the Life of these two YOUNG MEN and the Fond Memories they have left behind for many to CHEERISH...
Ann

Hartford, CT

#36 Dec 4, 2007
CTMomof2 wrote:
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You are acting like these people did so much for their country.......if I read right, they did NOT serve in any war!!! So any moron can sign on the dotted line for the military and call themselves a hero.
It is completely crazy that you say he hasn't done anything for his country just because he didn't serve in the war. Williams died on his way to Pittsburgh to help open a new office for Community Events Inc., a fundraising organization. When is the last time you drove 6 hours in the middle of a storm because a community of people needed your help?
voicefromthegran dstand

Webster, NY

#39 Dec 4, 2007
To all who are reading this, and to all who were involved in this tragic incident, the least we can do is learn a powerful lesson from the loss of these two precious young lives. I was in a similar situation returning from Maine to western upstate New York last Spring. Visibility was poor in freezing rain, snow and fog with black ice conditions on the road. Cars were skidding and crashing into guard rails to the left and spinning off the road into the ditch on the right. Tragically, these accidents were often predictable as drivers of some cars accelerated recklessly to go around more cautious drivers. A humble, considerate and sensible person would be too frightened to drive so carelessly.

Prayers might help more than speed and arrogance at times like these. This is the prayer we said as we were driving that terrible day. I am positive it preserved and protected us and those around us from harm.

"On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He who heareth and seeth all, and say 'Dominion is God's, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation.'"

This prayer was revealed by Baha'u'llah. Please feel free to copy it and share it with anyone who wants it, saying it over and over again until the danger has passed.
The Anti-Walmarter

Hartford, CT

#40 Dec 4, 2007
CTMomof2 wrote:
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HAHA and so are you
The preceding comment tells us all we need to know about you.
Get some help...PLEASE!
TRUTH

Springfield, MA

#41 Dec 4, 2007
Usually when there is a tragic accident as this, there is information given out about the victim. Whether they were in the reserve, or worked for a company, or if they had kids, etc... there is nothing wrong with them mentioning they were in the service,nothing at all. They are heroes. Just like a father coming home from work and dyeing with a wife and kids home, he's a hero. Don't be so close minded. Geez..
CTMomof2 wrote:
My heart goes out to the families but what does their being in the military have to do with the price of tea in China? Being in the military does NOT make anyone a hero---there are everyday heroes that aren't in the military and for the record, the military is the last place for anyone to achieve their dreams.
Do NOT Agree With CTMom

Westport, CT

#46 Dec 4, 2007
CT Mom... you are way out of line now... and very ignorant at that...

I agreed that their military background might have been irrelevant to the story but you are just beyond disrespectful and down right rude and insensitive.

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