This Labor Day, I want to remember my son, Patrick Bradley Allison (Feb. 2, 1973 – April 14, 2015), who was killed three years ago while on his job to make the roads safer for his community. He worked for the Cherokee Department of Transportation. His sacrifice to the Cherokee community needs to be recognized by the tribal government. I put a temporary roadside memorial in the form of a memory cross and photo where he was killed while on duty with the CDOT. No one with the Tribe bothers to mow around it. The temporary memorial is now showing signs of wear and needs a new coat of paint.
I’m asking tribal leaders to consider erecting a permanent memorial near the Tribal Council House or the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds to honor Brad and all tribal employees who were killed while serving their community.
Jackie Smith Talley