One year ago Friday, 19-year-old Scott Blank of Hazard was killed in a car accident in the Bonnyman community of Perry County. Family and friends spent the afternoon memorializing his life with prayers and a graveside balloon launch.
To summarize the life Scott Blank is not an easy task. Folks who knew him describe a man of conviction and charisma; a natural athlete and musician with a personality that commanded the respect of everyone around him.
“He pushed me a lot, you know. He expects the best out of you and that's what I liked about him. You know some people will let you drag yourself down just to make themselves feel better, but he wasn't like that. He was more somebody to push you up,” says Brandon Keith Miller, a friend and family member.
“No matter how bad of a day you were having, if you saw Scott he could make it better. He was just such a positive person,” says Tiffany Miller.
But one year ago, Scott lost his life, leaving his family and a community of hundreds who loved him in a state of disbelief.
“I can remember that feeling right now. It’s like your stomach just disappears; like it’s shrinking or something,” Brandon said.
On Friday, one year after the date of his passing, family and friends honored Scott’s memory on the site of his grave with prayers and a balloon launch, attached with written notes and messages.
“[I plan to write,] I can't wait to see you again man and I miss you so much and not a day goes by that I don't think about you, but I just can't wait to see you again,” says Matt Day.
By all accounts, Scott blank's life ended too soon, however, folks say his legacy of strength, leadership and a tenacious zest for life will live in the hearts of everyone for years to come.
Buckhorn High School, where Scott attended, now holds a basketball tournament called The Scott Blank Classic, which funds an annual college scholarship in his name.