Back in May 2015, Carole Adler lost her son, Taylor Thyfault, to a tragic accident.
The young state trooper and Army veteran was only 21-years-old when he was killed in an accident by a suspect involved in a high-speed police chase. Before he died, he was able to warn a tow truck driver to get out of the way, thereby saving his life.
That day, Adler didn’t just lose a son. She also lost her best friend, with whom she would communicate on a daily basis via text messaging.
“Every day, it hits me like a ton of bricks, when I can’t text him,” she said. “Everything that happened in his life was in my life.”
Taylor was texting his mother right before he was killed, and she was the last person whom he spoke with that fateful day.
To cope with her grief, Adler would send text messages to her son’s phone number. For several months, it helped ease her feeling of emptiness. The simple act of carrying on with something she and her son used to do before he died gave her a sense of comfort, even though she knew no one would ever read them or reply.
One day, after sending a particularly emotional message, Adler received a response from Taylor’s phone number.