Von Kopfman, co-owner of Blue Dot Services in Topeka, Kan., is a survivor. Kopfman and his family have had to endure the pain of suddenly losing his son Jacob in a work accident. The contractor has turned this tragedy into his life’s mission to help parents who have lost a child with a website, a book project, and songs about the lost loved one.
Kopfman received a call on Aug. 11, 2011 that Jacob, 21, had fallen 85 feet from a cell phone tower he was working on in Chillicothe, Mo. He was taken by helicopter to the University of Missouri hospital in Columbia. Kopfman was in shock as he rushed to the hospital with Jacob’s twin brother Jordan, and was totally unprepared for the decisions that needed to be made once he arrived.