Thursday, February 21, 2013
I am the person attacked at a grocery store Jan. 20 and I’m recovering nicely thanks to many good people. Duncan, Annie and Zane of Harris Teeter came to my aid, called 911 and phoned my wife. Our friend Dallas Clark happened to arrive soon after the incident and stayed to prepare and reassure my wife that I was going to be OK. There were the Greenville EMTs, Vidant hospital staff and doctors and surgeons (Jon Workman in particular), who provided great care, and our friend Dr. Marcus Albernaz, who met us at the emergency room to check on my status and again assure us that I was in good hands and all would be fine.
I hold no animosity for my attacker; I can only think he’s a lost soul that did not benefit from loving parents or programs offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Pitt County Community Schools, STRIVE or the myriad of sports, cultural/arts and other after-school opportunities available in this community. Instead, I choose to focus on the many good people who assisted and cared for me. One bad guy versus dozens of caring people is a pretty good ratio.
Finally, I salute the Greenville Police detectives who tracked and arrested the person believed to be my attacker, to the relief of many in this community. Thanks to all these good people, I have returned to work and should recover fully. My wife and I have been back to the grocery store and will continue to shop there, just like many of my friends who refuse to let this incident stop them from going about their regular routines.
Finally, thanks to all of you who provided well wishes and prayers and to all those working to make this a wonderful community. I especially urge you to keep volunteering and contributing to those organizations dedicated to assisting young people. Investing in children is perhaps the most important thing we can do.
JOHN D. CHAFFEE
via The Daily Reflector.