08/25/2013:(Thanks to our news partners at NBC 15)
As classes begin for the fall semester on Monday, Madison College students will be reminded of two graduates who made a big impact while in school there.
Brandon Slattery graduated from the automotive technology program and Amy Damon graduated from the nursing program.
The Edgerton couple was supposed to get married on November 2, but on New Year's Day of this year, they were found dead inside a vehicle that had caught on fire.
"Her passion is nursing," friend Kelsey Yaun said. "This is very important for her and every other student walking around these buildings."
"And Brandon too, he loved what he did, he loved trucks and motorcycles, that was his thing," friend Carri Stack said.
In honor of Amy and Brandon, faculty and former classmates dedicated a rock with their names on it, a tree and two benches, all in front of the new Health Education building on the Truax campus.
"It makes us feel good, actually," Brandon's mom Lori Slattery said.
"Sad and good at the same time," said Tammy Damon, Amy's mom. "Their legacy will live on. And that's what we would want."
At a ceremony Sunday afternoon, family, friends and Madison College instructors shared stories about the couple.
"They were an old couple," Tammy said. "They were young at heart but they were actually old. They dressed alike."
"And they took care of people," Lori said.
"You can bet if Brandon had something to say, it was worth listening to," said Marty Prew, one of Brandon's former teachers. "He always had good questions."
"Amy was always at the center of most of the parties, most of the gatherings," Stack said. "She was the life of every party."
Amy was just 21 when she died. Brandon was 24. But in that short amount of time, they touched a number of people.
"She's the reason I got into nursing," Stack said.
"He was always a volunteer," Prew said. "You turn around and there's Brandon helping somebody."
"You always think that your own children are pretty awesome, but to have something like this, it makes you think that other people thought they were pretty awesome too," Lori said. "And that really touches my heart."