The following letter was sent regarding the article written by Bryna Zumer and is published with the consent of the writer.
I just want to take this opportunity to acknowledge with heartfelt appreciation that I and my family feel for the wonderful article you wrote regarding Joshua's case.
So many people have told me that your article touched them so much and brought tears to them. I am so thankful that you took your time to come and sit there and wait as we saw the court system has their own agenda and schedule.
Please tell your editor thank you for caring and sending you there. So many times the public does not appreciate or acknowledge with kindness the job The Aegis performs in our community or the job of the reporters or editors.
I just want you to know I and my entire family are so very thankful for you coming to the courthouse and getting the facts of the case out for the public to be able to read them. Also I wanted to say thank you for putting the great picture of Josh and the memorial in your articles. You brought a sense of satisfaction to my heart that the court system certainly did not. Many thanks.
The writer is the mother of Joshua Hanna, 21, of Street, who was killed in a 2011 traffic accident. The man driving the other car was sentenced earlier this month to serve five years after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and possession of heroin.