Family to honor OHS teen’s birthday with balloon release

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 6, 2011

Family and friends will remember rising Opp High School freshman Jacob Harper tomorrow on what would have been his 14th birthday.

Harper, who was fatally injured July 23 after an UTV rolled over on him and crushed his chest, will be honored with a balloon release Sunday.

Harp-er’s mother, Jeanette Harper, said she thought the act was fitting.


“Sunday is his birthday and having a balloon release was the only thing I knew to do,” she said. “We want to express that we still love him and wish him a happy birthday.”

They family is calling the event “Balloons to Heaven for Jacob’s Bir-thday.”

Harper said she hopes everyone who is able will make an effort to release balloons wherever they are at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“Not all of our family can be here,” she said. “So we decided to let everyone release them in his honor wherever they may be.”

Jacob’s sister, Tracey Cooper, said she and her mom came up with the idea and decided to hold it at 2 p.m. because that was the time his accident occurred.

Harper said people can release any color balloon they would like because on the day of Jacob’s accident a double rainbow appeared in the sky.

“It was beautiful,” she said.

For those who wish to fly Jacob’s favorite color, it was blue, his sister said.