Two hockey players, brothers Nick and Jack, died from drug overdoses on the same day. In the lines that follow, we’ll go over further specifics regarding the causes of the deaths of two teenagers.
Nick and Jack Savage
Brothers Nick and Jack Savage, who was born roughly 18 months apart, had many traits. The two oldest of four brothers, these teenagers were destined to be best friends.
They both received honors degrees from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. Both were outstanding hockey players, and during their senior years, each held the position of captain for their high school squad. And both teenagers wanted to go to college and graduate. Nick (19 years old) had just completed his first year at Indiana University at Bloomington by the time June 2015 rolled around, and Jack (18 years old) was preparing to enroll at Ball State University that autumn.
Both teenagers made a terrible choice at about the same time that ultimately cost them their lives.
There were chores to do that Sunday morning and Becky Savage had started them. She was plucking up pieces of clothes strewn about the house — a house full of four boys — to load a heap of laundry into the washing machine.
Becky headed to her son Jack’s room to gather what she could and to start rousting him awake. “It’s time to get up. Dad has things he wants you to help with,” she said to him. “Jack, it’s time to get up. He wants you and Nick to help him.” Jack kept sleeping, the way 18-year-old boys will do.
Becky looked at him lying there in bed so peacefully. She doesn’t remember much about that morning, so much of it is a blur, but she recalls this. “I remember looking at Jack and thinking, ‘He’s just such a beautiful kid.
He looks like an angel sleeping,'” Becky said. “Little did I know what the prophecy of that thought would hold for me that day.”I remember looking at Jack and thinking, ‘He’s just such a beautiful kid. He looks like an angel sleeping,'” Becky said. “Little did I know what the prophecy of that thought would hold for me that day.”
Made eye contact with the Mother
It had been a busy Saturday. That morning, Jack and his 19-year-old brother Nick left for their shared job carrying furniture for a maker of motor homes.
After their shift, the two outstanding hockey players, Jack, the funny one with a perpetual smile, and Nick, the calm rule-follower, went to get haircuts. They had a busy evening ahead of them, attending numerous graduation celebrations.
They joined their mother at home to attend a number of those events after getting dressed and showered. The two younger sons, Justin and Matthew, had gone fishing at the family’s lake house with their father, Mike.
Later that night, Becky hugged her two oldest boys as they headed to another party. “Be home at a reasonable hour,” she told them. Becky didn’t go. She had grocery shopping to do, then she went home to wait up for her sons.
Just like clockwork, Nick and Jack sauntered in that night on time as they always did, a little after midnight. They checked in with their mom. I looked them in the eyes,” Becky added. We had a two-story foyer, and as they entered, I recall glancing at them as they went into the kitchen to prepare a snack.
Becky went to bed after turning out her light. After finishing their late-night snack, Jack retreated to his room while Nick and a few others went to the basement.
Shocked and Astonished
The more Becky observed Jack that morning, the more worried she became. This wasn’t your ordinary situation where you can’t wake up a teenager. She approached his bed, prodded him, and then pulled on him. Nothing.
Nick was yelled at to leave the basement and head upstairs by Becky. “You must assist me! Nick, please!” She hurried back to pull Jack out of bed after grabbing her phone and dialing 911. He was placed on the floor, and CPR was commenced.
While tending to Jack, she was still screaming for Nick. He was the oldest, the calm, collected one, even at 19. She needed him. Paramedics rushed into Jack’s room and then one of them, just as quickly, left.
“Where are you going? Why are you leaving him?” Becky yelled as he rushed out of the room. “He’s a fighter. What are you doing?” The next thing that happened is one of those bits and pieces Becky remembers from that terrible morning. It sent chills through her.
The paramedic who’d left Jack’s room returned. “We need a coroner,” he said. “What?” Becky thought. “That doesn’t make sense.” He hadn’t even been near Jack.
Nick and Jack combined alcohol with the powerful drug oxycodone while attending graduation parties, which led to their deaths. On June 14, they were both discovered unresponsive in their house. An unintentional overdose caused their death.
The party where the brothers reportedly received the drugs and alcohol was the subject of charges against two other teenagers not long after the tragic events. The parents of Nick and Jack expressed shock. The teenagers had no history of drug use or prescription drug abuse.
They had never experienced that before, so when they were, Ms. Savage told the South Bend Tribune, “they didn’t know what to do.”
After their sons’ deaths, Nick and Jack’s parents started the 525 Foundation – a name inspired by their hockey jersey numbers 5 and 25 – to educate their community about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
“It’s trying to get the point across that you don’t have to be a drug abuser to die of an overdose,” Ms. Savage told South Bend Tribune. “Our boys were by no means drug abusers. It was just a poor choice they made that night.”
The local mother—Becky Savage, lost both her sons, Nick and Jack, to acute alcohol and oxycodone overdose, after a night of attending graduation parties with friends in 2016.
Becky and her husband Mike created the 525 Foundation to help prevent similar tragedies. pic.twitter.com/k3km0YCp7k
— Allison Zeithammer (@azeithammerSB) October 20, 2020
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