by Sharlyn Petit
While most teens daydream of driving a new car off of the lot for their sweet 16, 15-year-old Trenten West and his family made a different dream come true for one Oregon family.
Trenten had the idea of giving a car to “someone who has served and sacrificed for us.” The West family relied on the help of radio station 104.1 The Fish FM and Gresham Ford to solicit nominations, but it was the family that paid for the car.
Trenten handed the keys over to Army veterans Tyler and Lacey Auble, who were chosen out of more than 100 nominations. The couple has four children, and Lacey, who served as a combat medic, is actively involved with the VA hospital and helping service men and women readjust to civilian life after their tours.
While a quick Google News search of “teen driver” returns a long list of crashes, injuries, and criminal charges, it’s refreshing to see teen driver stories like this one shine through.
Read more on Portland’s KOIN 6 News.