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The 24th Annual Sylvester and Stacey Johnson Memorial Lecture

On August 30, 1986, a day that was supposed to be an afternoon of fun at Darien Lake Park (NY) for 37 year old Sylvester Johnson, his eight year old daughter Stacey and her friend Stephanie Kozuch, turned into major tragedy. A fire truck ran a red light (it was not going to an emergency; the truck was on standby at the Darien firehall) and slammed into Sylvester's car at the entrance of the park, killing all three passengers in Mr. Johnson's Plymouth sedan. The volunteer fire truck driver, age 21 at the time, survived the accident, and he was eventually fined ten dollars in April 1987 without serving jail time.

Ever since September 1986, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, with the blessing of the late Sister Siti Akanke, the mother and grandmother of Sylvester and Stacey respectively, has held a memorial to honor the Johnsons and to bring attention to the issues of emergency vehicles running red lights under questionable circumstances. Sister Siti's eldest daughter, Sister Shimi…