A Mayor’s Son Lived Life on the Streets of His Father’s Town…See the Act of Compassion That Saved Him!

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Eddie Lanier, Sr. was the mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He got there by lifelong integrity, eschewing drink due to a family history of chronic alcoholism. His son Eddie, Jr. wasn’t as successful as his father in avoiding the family curse, and by his middle age, Eddie was homeless and on a revolving door of rehab clinics. On a New Year’s Eve, Eddie stood cold and alone at the foot of an Interstate 15 off-ramp. David Wright, who regularly passed Eddie and handed him food and money, arrived with the offer of a home for New Year’s Eve and a promise that the Wright family would receive Eddie warmly. So started a friendship and Eddie’s true recovery from a lifelong battle with liquor.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.