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In memory of Josh Pelick

Created by Family Of Josh Pelick

Josh Pelick

This is the speech Brett, 12, read to his classmates at a Red Ribbon presentation last week (October 2006).

Hi my name is Brett Pelick. I am a 6th grade student at Forest City Regional. I have a great family -- my dad Dave, mom Kathy, sister Stephanie who is 23 and resides and works in Olyphant, a brother Tom who is 20 and is a junior at Shippensburg University, my sister Alissa who is in kindergarten here at Forest Citym and my Brother Josh who is now in heaven. In memory of him, I am here to speak to all of you for Red Ribbon Week.

My brother Joshua David Pelick was born on October 28, 1985 in Carbondale. His parents are David and Lynn, and he was educated in the St. Rose school for his elementary years and then attended Valley View High School.

Josh enjoyed many things during his life, including fishing, hunting, quading, skiing. Josh also enjoyed being a jokester with all the people he knew.

I enjoyed many days fishing with my brothers Josh and Tom.

On December 13, 2003 at 9:44 p.m, my family received a phone call from my sister Steph that something was wrong with Josh and he was being taken to the Mid Valley Hospital. Steph had found Josh unable to breath and passed out in his bed. At this point we had no idea what was going on.

Dad rushed from our house to the hospital only to get to the hospital and find out that Josh has passed away due to a prescription drug overdose. The drug that took Josh's life was Fenalyn-- a patch that is used to help other people with pain due to cancer or serious illnesses. Josh was sold this drug by a person who had these drugs in his hands and was just trying to make money to support his own drug habit. As we can speculate at this time, the person that sold my brother Josh this drug, told him how to use this drug, in which was the wrong way and that is what took my brother life. He was lead wrong by this drug dealer and this does not surprise any of us, as drug dealers will lead any person in the wrong direction. Please save yourself and your family and do not use or consider any kind of drugs.

My life and my family will never be the same after Josh's death. Nobody will ever know what its like to go to your brother's high school graduation to only see a empty seat where Josh should have sat. I live my life everyday thinking about what it would be like if Josh was here. Would he be in college? Would he have a great girlfriend? A good job? Just to have him here would be the answer to all these questions, but due to drugs I will never know what my brother Josh would have become. I just hope that nobody here has to think about terrible things like this due to a family member death due to dangerous drugs.

I ask all of you to please stay away from drugs so that you or none of your family members have to deal what myself and my family members have had to deal with the loss of Josh. But we have to move on.

On behalf of myself and the memory of Josh, please think twice and say no to drugs.
At this time I would like to say a special thanks to Mrs. Longo, all my teachers, staff, family and friends who have supported me in the past 2 1/2 years -- you have all helped me so much.

Thanks Again.

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Guest Book


1. Miranda Boggs
Hello, My name is Miranda. I lost my brother on 12-24-09 of a drug overdose. It hurts so bad and I still don't know how to cope with it! Miranda Boggs
2. Felicia Sapienza
I don't understand! I was thinking about my brother who pass away at 27 and I was crying ( I mis him soooo much!) and Josh's face came up on the screen! I have never met or heard about him! If you're reading this I just wanted you to know. Thanks for reading me and God Bless
3. Rebecca Thomas
Brett, I do not understand your pain but I thank you for sharing your story. At this time, I truly can not even understand my own pain. I am very sorry for the loss of your brother. I lost my big sister, Danielle jut 97 days ago. She was 31, I am 26. Thank you again, Rebecca Joy
4. Lisa Belden
Brett, I know what you are going through. I lost my brother two years ago, and almost lost my son do to a drug overdose. Know one knows what kind of pain that is. I had to put my son in a rehab last night. He is on oxcycotin. That was very painful for me to do. I had to do something. I hope this will help him. You hang in there. You are a brave person with a strong heart.
5. Lisa Pickett
Brett, I too understand your pain. My brother just died from a drug overdose a little more than a month ago. I am trying everyday to learn how to live with the pain. I am proud to see such a young boy at your age handling this so well, and trying to make a difference in other peoples lives. I know your big brother Josh is proud of you. God Bless you and your family, and your angel brother Josh.
6. Danielle Zinn
Dear brett, I am so sorry about your loss. I have a younger sister that I am very close to. I couldn't imagine losing her. You are a very strong young man for letting the world know about what happened to your brother. I hope you keep strong and remember your brother in the best way you can. I will always keep your story in my heart. Take care and god bless....
7. Appolonia Conde
Dearest Brett, your a very strong young man and I am sure many people are proud of you. Writing in memory of your brother was so heartfelt. I am the substance abuse program manager for a organization in my community (Central Florida). I see children and young adults loose their lives to drugs as did your brother. Your voice is the greatest gift that you have, use it. Speak out about drugs and people will listen to you. You and your family have my most sincere condolences. Regards Appolonia
8. Katie Obidinski
Josh was such a great person, inside and out. I started going to Valley View in 1999 and from that day on, I was good friends with Josh. It was so hard not to see him sitting there on graduation! He is still missed and loved by his whole class of 2oo4 <'3 We miss you Josh! Not a day goes by that we do not think of you. We lived our senior year in memory of you 143 ! - Thank you for being such a great person! Love always (; Katie
9. Inge Lawrenz
Josh A young man outgoing and lots of fun His life had really just begun Until one night in two thousand and three Josh was lured into buying this drug you see This dealer sold him a patch to get high Not telling Josh from that you could die This prescription drug was called Fenalyn Dealing this and other drugs are a sin That day the dealer took Josh??s life away Not being able to hang out anymore and say ??Hey?? Brett and Tom lets go fishing today Josh loved hunting and skiing
10. Angela S.
I am very sorry for your loss. Unfortately, I recently lost my nephew to heroin. He was only 23 years old. It is a very hard thing to have to go through, especially during the holidays. My heart goes out to you and your family. God Bless!
11. Maria Chirico
Hi, I read your tribute to my son Daniel, thank you. I had read your sons before I even wrote one of my own and was so amazed at what his younger brother had written. Daniel left behind an older brother and also a younger brother age 11. The pain of our loss is unreal and I just wonder all the time what his life may have been like. I am happy he is not suffering any longer and now if I need to suffer for his peace, then I will do so... Take care.
12. Brandi Dayton
I am very sorry about the loss of your brother/son.
13. WL Smith
Brett, very sorry to hear about the loss of Brett. It is very tragic. I just lost my fiancee to an OD of mehtadone she got from someone else. It has devastated me for life. I wish there was more control on dangerous drugs such as the ones that killed our loved ones.
14. Cassi Hall
Brett, I am so sorry about what has happened in the past year. I have someone in my family that cares too, and that is me. love, cassi
15. Pa Murphy
Happy 21st. You are missed and loved by so many people. Please watch over all of your family and friends.
16. Ashley Your Cousin.
Brett, you did an excellent job at the program last week. I am so proud of you! Hopefully your kind words will save anothers life. I love you Brett, keep your head up buddy, I know you will!
17. Kathy K
Your in our thoughts today and everyday. It is hard to believe three years have passed. XOXOXO
18. Tom Kernoschak
And wherever you've gone and wherever we might go. It dont seem fair. today just disappeared. Your light reflected now. reflected from afar. We were but stones. your light made of stars." Miss ya brother.. happy 21st
19. Wendy Whiton
"And a child shall lead them..." Beautiful words, Brett! Your brother would be so proud of you, and I'm sure the rest of your family is, too! Keep sharing your story. You never know who needs to hear it and when! You are all in our prayers!
20. Dad Pelick
Happy 21st Birthday. Wish you were here to celebrate. Please be watching over all of us today. Love you now and forever and miss you more then words can say.
21. Kathy Brett's Mom
What a Great Tribute. Brett we are all so proud of you and we know Josh is smiling down from heaven, knowing you are always doing something to keep his memory alive. Happy 21st birthday in heaven Josh. We all love you and miss you!
22. Collette From Momsview
Brett, I am sure your brother is looking down on you now with great feelings of pride and love. What a beautiful job you did with your tribute.
23. Sister Alissa
Happy Birthday Big Brother. XOXOXOXOXO
24. Brett Pelick
Happy 21st Birthday. Love you, and miss you more and more everyday.
25. Dawn From Momsview
You did a great job on your speech, Brett. I'm sorry that you had to write it. You were brave to be able to read it to the crowd. Your parents must be so proud!
26. Sarah You're Classmate
Brett you did a great job. Your family is terrific. I am so so sorry about what you and you're family had to go through<3 Sarah
27. Deb Wasnock
If your speech saves just one have done a grand job in Josh's memory!