MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - While Dave Brown kept the Mid-South safe during dangerous storms, he dealt with his own personal tragedy.
On May 30, 1997, multiple DUI offender Donald Branch crashed into a car carrying Dave's pregnant daughter Stefanie Keuhl and his granddaughter Zadie.
Dave's daughter, granddaughter and unborn grandson were all killed.
"It was his third conviction for DUI and it was the second one involving a crash," said Dave shortly after the incident. "This just shouldn't happen."
Sadly, it does happen. An alleged drunk driver, another repeat offender, killed three Briarcrest High School students in a crash this summer, on the anniversary of the crash that claimed the lives of Dave's family.
"I stood at the cemetery--the grave site-- and I remember letting myself think: you kids died way too young, but you've had a pretty good impact to have had such short lives," said Dave after the crash this year. "Then I get up Sunday morning, I see this, and it's like, what do you do?"
Since the tragic accident in 1997, Dave has helped save other lives from the horrific pain he and his family endured.
Dave has spent 18 years working to prevent drunk driving. Through Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Prom Promise, Dave speaks at high schools during prom season, telling the story of Stefanie and her children and what can happen when people drink and drive.
"If you can go and you can do a talk and you can share something so personal as Dave has shared, then you're making a difference and I think that's what he's done," said MADD volunteer Dell Russell.
It's a job Dave never wanted, but also one he'll continue to do long after he retires from WMC Action News 5.