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Balloon Brings Good Out of Deaths of 5 LDS 'Angels'
Deseret News 28Jan00 D4
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook: Deseret News staff writer

WEST JORDAN, UTAH -- One of West Jordan Elementary's drug-free pledge balloons made it all the way to Michigan, and it so touched the man who discovered it that he sent the school a gift: trunk releases. He's the one who created the gadgets for GM after five LDS West Valley children died while playing in the trunk of a Saturn.

"It's pretty amazing," fourth-grader Timothy "Woody" Burnham said of balloon's 1,500-mile journey to Hamilton, Mich., where Roger Koops was hunting near his hometown.

Indeed, this balloon is magical. It floated Koops, down memory lane to his most fulfilling work. His team was asked to make trunk releases for General Motors following the 1998 deaths of "the five little angels," who were among 11 children nationwide who died trapped in hot trunks within a three-week period that year.

He sent his creations for show and tell "and as a thank-you to your state for bringing this very important issue to the highest levels to see that something finally got done."


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