Mother demands accountability for teen missing in Ft. Morgan
FT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) - How many more people have to die on Fort Morgan before something is done?
After a series of reports done by NBC 15 News, the mother whose son was swept away three weeks ago is taking a stand, demanding local and state officials make life-saving changes.
Carrie Holton believes he's somewhere out there. She wasn’t there when her son Jevon Lemke presumably drowned and disappeared on Fort Morgan; Jevon was with his father and step-mother at the time.
"We've got the shrimp boaters and the charters and the crab fishermen and the riggers. They are all out looking because they have to be out on the water every day," said Holton.
Holton isn’t one to give up and she's not giving up on the push to make Fort Morgan safer, especially for visitors who don’t know the waters and don’t understand how unforgiving Gulf waters can be.
"We just want to save another life and if it just saves one -- just one -- then that means it was worth it," said Holton.
Holton has called the governor's office and so has NBC 15 News. NBC 15 News has been told the issue of protecting Fort Morgan is a complicated one. Beaches there are a mixed bag, with most on state property, some on federal property, and other parts are private property.
County commissioners along with the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department are proposing several options. One is to place at least 30 portable flag stations at strategic locations along the beach as well as digital signs along the highway, and magnetic flyers on every rental refrigerator informing of surf conditions and flag descriptions.
"Looking at a lot of ideas to try and get messaging out, so people that aren’t familiar with the beach environment are aware of changing conditions," said County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey.
"Enough talk" says this mother who just wants state, local or federal officials to move on this now. She favors rescue stations, something equipped with if not a lifeguard, at least life-saving devices.
"A gentleman had my son in his hands. If he would have had a life preserver he could have saved my son, but they didn’t have that. That was not an option for them, but if this was their family member or their child, they would want anything and everything to be done to save that life," said Holton.
After weeks of searching, Holton plans on returning home to Wisconsin this weekend.
She says she'll come back anytime to make her case to anybody who will listen.