Mr. Hogencamp, let me begin by saying that I certainly believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the press. With that being said, I hope that you do, also.
With Mothers Day approaching I feel compelled to stand up and tell you how proud I am of my son Joey Pait. Your headlines this week amaze me. The fact that you were actually begging the fire department for information shows how little you really know. It is a fact that my son was represented at his trial by Jerry Brimberry and William Carswell. Yes, the very nephew of your fire chief.
It is also a fact that any discussion of pleas, which are common during any trial, were at the recommendation of Joey’s attorneys. My son did not “beat” anything. He was totally acquitted by a 12 man/woman jury after it was proven that he was totally innocent. It is not so much what you say as what you don’t say.
My son Joey has never been convicted of anything. He has held his head up and tried to carry on with his life, for which I am very proud. Joey has many friends at the fire department who have been very supportive to him personally, but for fear of even their own jobs have been unable to do it publically.
I hope if you have children of your own they never have to go through what the press in this city has put my son through. He doesn’t deserve it! He is a good man that has been put through, and is still being put through, hell, because of comments like yours. I hope you sell a lot of papers this week. That’s what it’s really all about for you isn’t it? It certainly isn’t because you really care about the life of a person, and you’re really trying to get to the truth of it.
There have been many other incidents regarding firemen that have been completely overlooked by the press. I’m thankful that if you have to keep printing stories about Joey that you have picked someone wonderful enough to try to do with his life what is right. Others should only try to do the same.