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Truck Driver's Legacy Lives On

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A truck driver's legacy will live on at Bainbridge State College.   Loved ones of a truck driver killed on the road set up a scholarship to help other aspiring truck drivers.

On January 28, 2014 just a year and a few weeks after vowing to spend her life with the love of her life, Elisa Alexander spoke with her husband Don Alexander for the very last time. 

"What most people don't know is that I was on the phone with him," she said.

Don's truck driving career was cut short when he was killed in a crash in Milton, Florida. His widow says the worst part was waiting around to hear the news.

"It was just hard because nobody would confirm that he was actually in the accident that night."

Truck driving was Don's dream, and Elisa refused to let his passion die."There were times when people were interested in coming to the college. They would stop by the house for advice, so I was like hmm, this would be a great way to honor him and continue his legacy."

She partnered with Bainbridge State College to provide a scholarship for aspiring truck drivers."Right now we did a $500 scholarship, we want to do it twice a year."

And the first recipient says the money came at the right time for him.  "I was surprised but I thank God for being a part of the process," said Fredrick Speights.

Now aspiring drivers like Speights can navigate through this eight week course with less of a financial burden.

A birthday present to Don Alexander who would've turned 49 on July first, but an early present for Elisa Alexander who will celebrate her birthday on the 4th.

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