Every year, anywhere from 15 to 30 people are killed by trains, Mainly because they’re trespassing and are somewhere they aren’t supposed to be.
Breezing is a dangerous game that kids are playing while trespassing near train tracks. They do it for a quick adrenaline rush but it can end up deadly.
Amy Opfer lost her 14-year-old son Parker two days before his 8th grade graduation when he decided to go “breezing.”
Maple Park police chief Mike Acosta says, “Breezing is standing close to the train to feel the power of the train as it goes by. And the power of the wind and the power of the ground shaking.”
A month after Parker’s death, with the help of Union Pacific Railroad, Chief Acosta organized an Operation: Lifesaver seminar to educate the community about the dangers of trains.
Amy, along with Chief Acosta shared Parker’s story with WGN in hopes that other parents never have to experience the pain.