Nathan Corbin, a Rappahannock native who now calls Fairfax County home, delivers an emotional but upbeat talk Monday at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program graduation ceremony. As past and current DARE officers, respectively, Jeff Brown (left) and Robbie Fincham, listened along with a roomful of fifth-graders, the sheriff and other deputies (several of whom had tears in their eyes), Corbin spoke of his slow road to recovery after crashing his car into a tree on U.S. 522 late one December night in 2003 – an accident that killed his younger brother, Dylan (and to which Fincham, a road deputy, was first to respond). “I realized what I needed to be doing with my life a little late,” said Corbin, speaking of the years of substance abuse and stints in jail that he said followed the tragedy. “But you all can decide now on a path that doesn’t include alcohol and drugs.” DARE Day, the annual family-friendly open house, starts at 9 a.m. this Friday (May 17) at RCES.
Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.