Here's How You Can Help Wyandotte Boy Hit by Train

Friends, family and complete strangers are coming together to help the family of Jacob Marion.

Friends, family and complete strangers are pitching in to raise money to help the family of a 14-year-old Wyandotte boy struck by a train Feb. 28.

freshman Jacob Marion , but has a long road ahead to recover.

Wyandotte Patch will keep a running list of events and other ways to help Jacob and his family with their mounting medical bills. If you know of a fundraiser not mentioned below, email Editor Jason Alley at jason.alley@patch.com.

Home Repairs

Jacob's family is seeking volunteers who are skilled enough to convert a first-floor storage room in their home into a handicap-accessible bathroom. The existing bathroom on the first floor is much too small. Anyone who can help is asked to email jason.alley@patch.com or call 734-276-9722.


Employees at G.E.M. Sewing in Wyandotte have created "Team Jacob" varsity jacket patches. The patches, which can be sewn onto a jacket, are $12, with half being donated to Jacob's family. The patches can be purchased at G.E.M. Sewing, 2300 Ford Ave.

Trust Fund

A trust fund has been established to help with Jacob's mounting medical bills. Donations can be made to the "Team Jacob Marion" fund at any PNC Bank branch. Checks can be made payable to his mother, Monica Marion.

T-shirt Sale

and are selling them in their school store for $10, with all proceeds going to Jacob's family. More than $13,000 has been raised so far. The shirts say "Team Jacob" on the front and come in all sizes, both youth and adult. Originally available in only light blue, the shirts now come in a choice of blue, red, pink, yellow, green and purple. To place an order, visit The Trading Post during school hours or contact marketing teacher Elissa Cumiskey at cumiske@wy.k12.mi.us or 734-759-5100.

Vehicle Work

The owners of Top Value Muffler & Brakes, 2105 Dix-Toledo, Lincoln Park, will donate 7 percent of the total bill for any customer who gets work done at the shop and mentions Jacob's name.

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Mary Washko March 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
While at the airport, I saw alot of young kids with earplugs in listening to whatever and how loud. In these times people are desperate and one should be aware of what goes on around them at all times. I agree with Nancy with her comments about the crew on the train. While tragic maybe this will open other peoples/kids eyes. I will continue to pray and support Jacob and his family. I will be there on Sunday and hope to see alot of familiar faces.......Wyandotte is a small community and we all stick together......Jacob get well and hurry home!!!! What is his address, I'm sure he would love to receive TONS of get well wishes! God Bless!
Jason Alley (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I can't speak to your latter questions, but to your first question, I certainly have. That's an angle to this story that's on my list to cover. It's a tragedy for everyone whose lives have been touched by it.
Tara Schmitt Pepke March 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Hi Nancy, I know the family personally and I can say they have given him several thoughts of course. Hes been in my families and jacobs families prayers. I cant imagine what the engineer is and will continue going through. It has been a tragedy to all involved.
Tara Schmitt Pepke March 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Ya know Mary, its sad, but I still see kids on them tracks everyday walking home from school. They underestimate the dangers of the trains and think "it wouldnt happen to me." These kids that live in this city are immune to the trains whistle, I know I am, dont even hear it anymore. But that makes it all the more dangerous. Even the smartest of children lack common sense at times. Its just horribly sad that it had a outcome like this. I will be there Sunday too, many prayers to Jacob, the engineer and the families!!
mel March 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I feel terrible for everyone involved, but I'm sorry, I feel Nancy's comment, "What is wrong with this boy?" is rude and insensitive. To speculate on what this young man "should have known" has no place in the discussion at this time. No, apparently he did not "feel the vibrations on the track." Prayers to the families of Jacob and the train crew.
Tara Schmitt Pepke March 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Agreed Mel.... Jason, does the pier ticket provide a meal or is that in addition. Need the info to pass along
Jason Alley (Editor) March 06, 2012 at 03:22 AM
The $10 includes the meal.
Kay March 06, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I'll speak for the latter. Nothing was "wrong with this boy", Nancy. Wyandotte is a virtual switching yard with many tracks running along side one another, and those who have grown up there become desensitized to the danger, the vibrations, and the noise. In fact, his house backs up to tracks. 24/7 the backdrop to his world are trains. As a young teen, Jacob straddles childhood and adulthood. His emotional/psychological growth, reasoning ability, and physical changes are all happening at different rates which leaves him at one of the most vulnerable periods in his life. Jacob is quite normal. Who hasn't done bone-headed things as a teen? Most certainly when told NOT to? I know my parents would have been shocked by some of my risky behavior back then. Walking the tracks being one of them! What you gotta be asking yourself is, if a chain-linked fence isn't keeping kids out year after year, why then, isn't a billion dollar railroad corporation putting up some block and mortar walls? Everyone knows this is a huge problem in certain stretches. Hopefully the adults will hold RR corporations accountable for keeping children safe. I, too, pray that rail personnel, and anyone else who witnessed the horrific accident and its aftermath, have received counseling as it will affect their families too.
Stephanie March 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I dont think I have ever heard such an inappropriate, cruel question in my life Nancy. Jacob is an amazing, tender hearted, extremely loving boy who made a mistake. I do feel bad for the crew and what they might be going through however my grief lies mostly with the wondeful child whose life has been forever changed from this tragedy. Have you any idea how bad and how many people you have hurt by asking such a heartless question as you have? I think the real question is, what is wrong with you?
Anna Hardy Smith March 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
My thoughts are with all involved. I hope Jacob comes through this all. As a mother, I can not imagine what anguish his parents and family are experiencing on a daily basis having to live every parent's nightmare. If he's not yet out of the coma, he doesn't even know he's lost his hand yet. By the grace of heaven did I (and most of us) make it out of my teens not having suffered tragically for one bad decision that had zero malicious intent behind it. Aside from a few, however, we've again proven what a wonderful community Wyandotte is in the way we come together to help those who need our love and support. It makes me proud to be a citizen here and that I chose here to raise my children. Keep up the great work. Especially the kids in our community who have shown an amazing level of maturity and empathy who jumped right in to move forward and help. That truly is a test of the integrity and character of our city -- the way our youth responds to those in need during times of tragedy.
Jim Rutkowski March 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I have reread Nancy's comments several times. She was posing questions that the train crew may have been asking themselves as they relive this tragedy. If only we had done something different could we have changed the outcome. Jacob was not the first student to be hit by a train and he won't be the last. There are hundreds of students in the lower grades who are unaware of this tragedy. In just under 4 years the entire population at RHS will be all different. How can the district including parents, make a difference by teaching safe practices.
Tara Schmitt Pepke March 06, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Your correct Jim, Jacob was not the first and wont be the last. Unfortunately, their will be others tragedies in the future. I have a 19 year that went to wyandotte schools his whole life and a 13 year old currently in. I have asks many kids why they walk on the tracks after school and its always the same answer "Its a shortcut home" and they always mention the heavy backpack weighing 15-20 lbs. Wyandotte parents drill in our kids head the danger of trains but sometimes the hurry home overrides the safe decision. Whens the school district going to think "if we had done something different" and get these kids busing that our taxes pay for. Whens the schools going to take responsibilty for making sure our kids have transportation home. They claim they're responsible for them til they hit home base. Not all parents have the option to pick up their children, they have to work. And we dont have the option or not to send our kids to school. Jacob was coming home from an after school activity so buses would not of benefited him unfortunately, but our school district should think ahead about the MANY kids that walk them tracks everyday to get home and think of their safety for the future....Not to mention, after school pick up at all the schools is chaos with all the parents cars. Ive seen many kids almost get hit. Parking space is horrible, its a major distraction with all them children everywhere. Its Dangerous. The School district needs to consider safety for all these situations.
Kay March 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
What you gotta be asking yourself is, if a chain-linked fence isn't keeping kids out year after year, why then, isn't a billion dollar railroad corporation putting up some block and mortar walls? Everyone knows this is a huge problem in certain stretches. Hopefully the adults will hold RR corporations accountable for keeping children safe.
Kay March 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
What you gotta be asking yourself is, if a chain-linked fence isn't keeping kids out year after year, why then, isn't a billion dollar railroad corporation putting up some block and mortar walls? Everyone knows this is a huge problem in certain stretches. Hopefully the adults will hold RR corporations accountable for keeping children safe.
Mary Washko March 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Let's not point fingers and put the blame on certain people. Let's try and learn from this....maybe the schools can throw some warnings in. My prayers are still with Jacob and all others. Will they be selling T-Shirts and bracelets at the fundraiser? I will be there! Just thought of something......Craig Farrand of THE NEWS HERALD (my new BFF) wrote an article about this woman (I don't have the article with me) losing her husband, with nine children and one on the way. The community of Wyandotte back then stepped up and all came together! It give me happy chills that we can still do that today with Jacob and his family......God Bless you all!!!!!
Nicole March 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Hello, I'm Jacob nations older sister Nicole. I wanted everyone to know I made Jacob s facebook account named TEAMJACOB MARION so updates and info on the fund etc will b in one place. The email address to find his facebook is TEAMJACOBMARION@hotmail.com thanks :)
Susanne March 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
There was a train coming from the other direction at the same time. Jacob thought the whistles he heard and the vibrations were from the on-coming train that he could see, and never would have thought to look behind him. It is very rare that there are two trains at once, and that is why he didn't move off the tracks.
Prism854 March 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I put the information about the fundraiser on my FB page. I work at Children's and wanted to get the word out.. See you there
Cathy March 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Even if the railroad companies put up fencing and/or block/mortar walls the tracks are still accessible at the intersections. I don't think we should put the blame on anyone as it was a tragic accident. Unfortunately, kids are kids and however many times they are told of risk and safety, there are those that will still walk the tracks.
Rob Kirby March 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Tara, I will bring up some of your concerns at the School board level. I would like to say to Nancy, your comments are off base at best about Jacob. I have thought about the engineer, my sister in laws father is an engineer and I have talked to him about these types of acciedents and he said they are tragic on all involved, but what you seem to forget, while we can feel for that engineer, he isnt fighting for his life. As you can see his sister has posted a comment on here so your comment problem was not well received there, nor should it be. I hope that the engineer gets any help he needs,but please think about the parents and family before you make such a terrible comment about a kid. I talked to the new Fire Chief and there is safety training on it way dealing with the railroad situation. I think its better to have positive thoughts and prayers for all involved. God Bless you Jacob!!!!
Michael O'Connor March 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
My grandmother's boyfriend was killed so many years ago... he was walking on one set of tracks watching a train on the other set of tracks coming towards him. He was hit from behind from the train on his tracks. Yes we are all praying for Jacob - let us too pray for the engineer and all involved in the rescue operations.. We just need to stay off the tracks.
Tina Milewski March 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I own the Speedboat Bar & Grill & was the Planner for Jacob Marion Fundraiser I Wanted to do Something for The Marion Family Because my Heart Cryed out to this Wonderful Family and I felt I needed to do something for them . So I thought of having a Fundraiser for the Marion Family to Help With Medical Cost Etc... as I set it up to be hosted at the Speedboat Bar & Grill it grew & grew and I knew it had to be Moved. I called up my Friend Richard who Owns the Pier 500 and he was more then Happy to help . We Moved the Event to the Pier and With all the help everyone gave from the People who gave their time who stood all day selling Raffles & 50/50 Penny Maibeth & Laurie & Amanda & Charity & Brianna the Karaoke guy Bill the Music Guy Rick the food People Shelley & Dan & Weezy & Pete The Bakesale People Brandi & Mary the Door Guys Paul & Nick and all the Marion Family that Helped all the Businesses that Donated & People that Gave for the Raffles, All the Bakers who Baked all the great Baked goods for this Event . All the People who made food and Richard & Frank & Jason & David and all the Staff at the Pier 500. All of the Hundreds of people who came out . We Raised alot of Money for the Marion Family . I just wanted to say Thank you for Everything without all of you this would not have been Possible. THANK YOU THANK YOU
kelly orlando March 27, 2012 at 05:29 PM
i just want to say i dont know jacob or the family but my prayers are with you. i lived on 9th and oak and i told my son of the dangers of trains. kids dont always listen thinking they are invinsable. he was on his way to school and a train was going extremely slow some kids jumped through it, so he did it to but it was raining and the train picked up speed he slipped and fell.the train caught his pant leg and started to drag him. from the grace of god he broke free . he had to wear a knee brace for a few weeks but we were so thankful. i just wanted to say jacob and his family are in my prayers
Jim Rutkowski March 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I was eastbound on Eureka at the viaducts at about 7 P.m. on March 27 when I saw three teens on the train overpass just hanging out. Obviously Jacob's tragic accident has not hit home.
Concerned March 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
i know at least one of those overpasses does not have train tracks on them..........it's a way to walk over eureka
Pete May 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Let me see if I have this right Kay, the railroad is responsible? for running trains on train tracks? is that what you are saying?
Jay May 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The whole situation on both Jacob's side and the train Engineer's side....Its enough to break your heart. The truth is.. 20' either side of the Rail Road tracks is a Federal Easement. If you walk down the tracks, whether the tracks are there or not, your trespassing. just sayin'
Mary June 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
20 years ago my son was ticketed by CN Rail in Royal Oak for trespassing.He told me that it was a short cut home. A short time later a neighbor was robbed and beaten so severly on the same stretch of the tracks that the emergency responders thought he was hit by a train. No matter where the tracks are the kids will be attracted to them. We, as parents MUST take this time to instill into our children's minds that trains and tracks ARE dangerous. If the tracks are Federal property then there should be some enforcement implemented. Our children should be warned (again and again if necessary) and ticketed when they're on the easement or the tracks. There are severe penalties if someone is caught on other Federally restricted properties. To the Marion family, My prayers are with you. For God's grace there go I.


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