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> August 20, 2014: Jon Farris in the news again. Learn more

> click for REAL PURSUITS
updated August 17, 2014

> Jon & PursuitSAFETY are in the
news!  READ MORE #TheHill

> Music links have been fixed (7/27/2014)

> See photos of our 2014 Somerville scholarship recipients. Here

> Jon Farris, Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, and a group of members went to Washington DC to lobby for police pursuit reduction technology funding. MORE INFO AND PHOTOS. #PursuitSAFETY #TheHill #PolicePursuits

> May 27, 2014. Seven years

> June 2014: Paul's dad, Jon, Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, speaks on ABC World News. See video here.
#PursuitSAFETY #StarChase #PolicePursuit

> 2014 Scholarships. Edina awarded on 5/25 and Somerville awarded on 5/28 Learn more

> Excellent article related to GPS tracking. Click here

> The music page links have been fixed. Sorry about the inconvience

> We just added more photos

> Jan 2014: Jon Farris interviewed on KFMB News, San Diego Learn More

> Photo page is fixed. We've linked everything to G+ so they can be viewed on any device. Enjoy!

> Wishing us all a happy and safe 2014

> Random Thoughts
by Sharon Hundt

> We are proud to announce that since 2008 the Paul Farris Memorial Scholarship has awarded $34,000 to deserving graduating Seniors in Edina and Somerville.

> Feeling a bit blue today

> Sad days. The passing of our wonderful PursuitSAFETY friend,
Brenda Ehrensperger

> Heartbreaking tragedy in Texas. Info here

> CODE BLUE! This is an excellent story.

> 2013 Scholarship update. See our Somerville and Edina recipients HERE

> @insurancerescue Twitter updates for our 2013 Scholarships, police pursuits and insurance

> I saw a fitting note the other day: "Tears are words the heart can't say."

Paint me a room where I can dream
Dream of a world that I used to see
Paint me a window, soft and defined
And flood yellow light
Through the open blinds
It's somewhere, hidden from view
A portrait, an epitaph...

Antimatter, Epitaph.

> Thinking of Paul and how much he loved our Utah ski trips.Here's a photo from Feb 2013.

Brighton 2013

We're in the News - read more

> There ARE Safer Ways and better pursuit policies which WILL prevent deaths. Read about PursuitSAFETY's Safer Way Award Winner for 2012.
Learn More

> Editorial 'No police pursuit is worth a human life' 11/24/2012
Full Article

> Please see our 2012 Holiday Greeting  Original photography & holiday card design by Scott Farris

Paul Victor Farris

11/2/1983 - 5/27/2007
taken away too soon


This website is a place where we honor and remember Paul. It is a place where family and friends can see and listen to Paul.

It is a place where you can visit and reflect about Paul, about the frailty of life or whatever else matters to you.

Paul had an impact on many people during life and also after his death. His spirit will live with us forever.

We will continue to do everything that Paul expects of us, and we hope that you will too.

We'll use this site to tell you about Paul.

We'll use it as a place where Edina High School and Somerville High School applicants for the Paul Farris Memorial Scholarship can learn about Paul.

We'll use it for our advocacy against unnecessary high speed police pursuits, because if simple judgment had been used on that early morning of May 27, 2007, Paul would still be here with us.

Advocacy to stop unnecessary police pursuits


'Police pursuits, for the most part, are merely a passing newspaper story or television headline, forgotten by readers and viewers a few minutes later. But for the hundreds of relatives and thousands of friends of these innocent victims, the pain is real and never goes away. Never.'

- Jonathan Farris, Paul's dad

Paul died as the result of a totally unnecessary police pursuit in a Boston suburb. Since that day we've been working to change legislation and talking with anyone who will listen. We've now joined forces with PursuitSAFETY    in an all out effort to enact real and positive changes so others will not have to suffer through what Paul's family & friends have.

Please see our Advocacy pages to learn more about this pervasive problem.

YOU can help save an innocent person's life! Find it in your heart to support our advocacy.  Learn more


PursuitSAFETY logo 2013


More 2012 Updates

> Alec Fischer's full movie about bullying, Minnesota Nice?, has been released.  You really must see it. Here

> August 2012: After more than five years from Paul's death, while mowing the lawn today, thoughts of him overwhelm and tears flow again - as though it was only yesterday... jgf

2012 scholarship recipients Norman Li & Pristine Mei photo

See new photos, video & music from our 2012 Edina scholarship recipients! HERE

Seven years

Paul Farris

Click to see NEWLY ADDED Photos (5/27/2014)

I hear people say that time heals the pain. Well, it doesn't. Not even a little bit. Time strengthens me. Time allows me to hide the hurt so you need not live with it as I do. jgf


Six Years

How Long is a Lifetime?
By Jon Farris
May 27, 2013
I used to think a lifetime was just that – a lifetime. For many, that is probably true.
But now I know better. A lifetime can be a few moments, a day, or something else altogether. I know because I’ve lived many lifetimes, with the most important revolving around my family.
Below are a few, being shared on the six year anniversary of my family’s ‘new lifetime.’
My lifetime lasted from:
 • my birth until my wedding
 • my wedding until Paul’s birth
 • Paul’s birth until Scott’s birth
 • Scott’s birth until Paul’s death

My life inexorably changed when Paul died. Four of the most intense memories are:
 • 60 seconds, in the early morning of May 27, 2007, when a Somerville doctor called and said Paul was dead
 • a flight from Minneapolis to Boston that afternoon
 • the day in Boston when we said our final goodbye to Paul
 • the day in Edina when we said our final goodbye again
Since Paul died, my life is often lived moment to moment or day to day. I can’t always control that. And like every parent who has lost a child, part of every day is spent living in the past, remembering what used to be and what can never be again.

I love my life, but I often don’t like this lifetime.

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