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Nick's Story

On December 19, 2022, Nickolas Anthony Siegferth was poisoned. He was given a fatal dose of fentanyl.  He was 23 years old. His mother Jennifer has worked for the Summit County Prosecutor's office for 17 years. She frequently saw these statistics and never thought her own child would be one of them.

Nick was a natural born athlete, excelling in football and basketball.  He came from a large family with 4 siblings. He enjoyed watching football games with his family, watching his sister play basketball, and working out with his brother. Nick had a passion for life, a big heart, and everyone who knew him loved him. Nick was weeks away from basic training with the United States Army. He had his whole life ahead. 

Nick was watching the Brown's game with friends celebrating his acceptance into the Army, when someone gave him a party drug. That was all it took. One mistake. He didn't choose to take fentanyl. He didn't choose to poison himself. He didn't want to die. Someone took that choice away from him.

According to the CDC, the leading cause of death for people ages 18–45 is drug poisoning & overdose

According to data from the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office, there were 168 deaths of Summit County residents examined by the Medical Examiner’s office in which the cause of death field mentioned fentanyl. These mentions could be either alone or in combination with other substances.

The prosecutor does a safety calendar every year with the children in Summit County. Below is a picture drawn by Nick's sister Amelia. She wants you to know that one mistake is all it takes to affect your life and the lives of those who love you forever.

This is us. Our complete family unit. Just like everyone else, we thought it couldn’t happen to us. And it did. Nick is an example of a regular kid who made a choice having no idea it would be his last. If we can help save other kids,  he leaves a legacy that will outlast us all.

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