August 6, 2008: Despicable to list trooper's name

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To The Editor:
This letter is to all journalists, reporters and media who covered the tragic events of April 2007. When State Trooper Brinkerhoff was accidentally killed during the shoot-out with Travis Trim by friendly fire it was not necessary to name the officer involved. First and foremost, this officer is a human being who will have to carry that day with him for the rest of his life.
To all that covered the tragic events of that day, could care less about the families, the officers in your fact finding mission, the blatant abuse you use, all in the name of Freedom of Information Act.
What was the purpose of disclosing this officer’s name? Ratings, sales, and continue to exacerbate an already tragic event.
What’s next, his picture plastered on newspapers and flashed across TV screens?
For the officers’ families, including the officers’ names, your lack of compassion and respect for them is despicable to say the least.
Let’s not forget that two other state troopers were almost lost, when this nut job showed up in our community, obviously willing to kill anyone to get away!
I, for one, am grateful for the bravery of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of the communities they serve, instead of making a villain of one.

Mary Hoag,
Arkville