He Can't be Replaced
James D. DeCamp photos - John Futty story
As a traffic accident ends one life, its shock waves affect many others,
often enormously. For spouses, children, witnesses, co-workers, friends,
investigators and those at fault, things are never quite the same.
The loud knock on the front door just before 11 p.m. didn’t alarm Lisa Workman, who assumed it was her husband arriving at their Madison Township home
after a long day of work. Instead, she found two State Highway Patrolmen on her front step.
They wanted to know whether she was related to Dewey Workman. Yes, she replied, he’s my husband.
“We think he’s been involved in a fatal accident,’’ Sgt. Darrin Blosser told her.
The words didn’t immediately register. “Is he OK?’’ she asked.
“Where is he?’’ She listened in stunned silence as Blosser and Trooper Virgil Conley explained that her husband’s body was at the morgue.
In the living room, Mr. Workman’s 17-year-old daughter, Brittany, cried out. She collapsed on her 18-year-old stepsister, Aimy Ketron, who was sleeping on
the couch, and shook her awake with the news.
Screams and sobs echoed into the summer night from the bungalow on Fullerton Drive, southeast of Eastland Mall.
Blosser later would call it one of the most heart-rending death notifications he has delivered in 14 years with the patrol . . .