Editor's note: This story was originally published in April 2008.
The thing Gail Halpin will miss most about her young son Corey is the way he would lie next to her in bed early in the morning, kissing her and saying, "Mommy, Mommy."
Corey Halpin, just two weeks shy of his second birthday, died March 31, 2008, at his home in Dover Township in what his mother called a "tragic accident."
Gail Halpin said her son had climbed inside a dresser drawer in his room when the dresser fell over.
While reminiscing Tuesday about what she loved about her son, Gail Halpin also said she saw his death as a way to warn others about the dangers of unsecured furniture.
"If my dresser had been secured to the wall, he wouldn't have died," she said. "If his death can help save other little children, then that's something good."
Gail, 31, and husband Jim, 35, described Corey as "loving," always wanting to be kissed and hugged.
Corey spread that love to all of his family members, they said.
Sister Annagale, 8, would swing Corey around on her back.
Corey and brother Kaden, 3, would move his bed next to Corey's crib so they could be as close together as possible while they slept.
With his father, Corey would imagine he was on a roller coaster, hopping, twisting and turning on his dad.
He loved to play peek-a-boo.
He also wanted his sandals and "Gilligan's Island"-style hat on at all times because if he thought anyone was going outside, he wanted to go, too, Gail Halpin said.
Gail Halpin said that, about 6:30 p.m. Monday, she was at her Equestrian Drive home in Dover Township and had just put Corey and Kaden to bed. But the boys stayed up playing, she said.
Gail Halpin was in another part of the house when Kaden came to her and said, "Mommy, Corey's stuck."
She went right away and found Corey in the bottom drawer of a dresser. He was not moving.
She pulled him out, carried him into her kitchen and called 911.
Gail Halpin believes Corey's weight in the bottom drawer caused the dresser to tip over and that, when it did, it closed on his neck.
She said that, as a tribute to Corey, she plans to dedicate herself to keeping other children safe. A group of her online friends plans to start a Web site where they will offer straps to anchor furniture to walls to prevent them from falling, she said.