The boy was fishing at the pond on June 9 when he fell in and drowned. His family wants to keep his spirit alive as well as make sure that a similar tragedy never happens again.
The bench has Joey’s picture on it and an engraving that reads: “The meaning of the Buddy Bench: When fishing, swimming, riding bikes or any outdoor activity, don’t go alone. Friends and buddies make things more fun and safe. Buddies look out for one another and never leave a friend behind.”
In Joey’s memory, the family has also created Joey’s Gifts, which will provide financial assistance through a scholarship program to children who love sports but cannot afford to play.
Read more about the Buddy Bench at 6abc.