“Shortly after the tragedy someone had created a “Prayers for Greenon” logo with the Greenon Knights G and also somebody had posted pictures of the young men,” Sanders said. “Being a Greenon alumni, I graduated in 1979, it really shook me that two young lives were extinguished so quickly and so young.”
He said he wanted to honor the boys who grew up in the same place he did.
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“Being from that area and growing up in that area, my sister is familiar with Connor’s mom I believe, it just seemed like the right thing to do,” Sanders said. “Pay tribute to them in a very small way. I think the response has been rather overwhelming.”
The decals will also be for sale through the Greenon alumni group, Sanders said. The money raised will go to the families of Waag and Williams to help offset costs they might acquire because of this tragedy.
Sanders doesn’t know exactly where the decal will be on the car yet. He said it will likely either be behind the driver’s door or on the back of the roof.
People have taken to social media to thank Sanders for putting the decal on the car. He has been flooded with messages of appreciation from the community.
“I want to thank you so much for this act of kindness for the families of the boys who were killed in this car crash,” Forrest Henslee posted on his Facebook page. “All of my grandchildren attend the Greenon school district. What you are doing is so awesome. My family and all the other Greenon district families thank you.”
He said owner Jimmy Means also deserves credit for allowing him to put the decal on the car. Right now the decal will likely be on the car for this weekend’s race and next weekend’s. He said if there is space he’ll try to keep it on the car for the rest of the racing season.
“Once a Knight, always a Knight,” he said. “You establish friendships and bonds.”
This is not the first time Sanders has paid tribute to a local death. His team put a decal on their car when Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Suzanne Hopper was killed during a gun fight in Enon.