Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Arson story has more to it

I am a teacher in Longmont, Colo., Boulder County. My brother is Pat Busby, the man described in the Nov. 2 paper as "lighting his own East Fork home on fire last May following an argument with his wife." Included in this article was a photo taken of him last May after his arrest—thank you for that reminder.

I would like the opportunity to share the human side of this story and help the community understand that there is so much more to this story than what has been reported. This wasn't simply an argument that went awry—my brother had a severe drinking problem and hit rock bottom. We all have someone in our lives who has been affected by alcoholism. It is inescapable, and it's a disease that is rampant across our nation today.

Pat is a strong, hardworking man and an incredible friend—someone you would always want to have on your side. He has a disease that sadly took over his life and changed him and our family forever. He is very accepting of his circumstances and has faced everything laid in front of him head-on and without equivocation. He spent more than 120 days in rehab in Louisiana; he came home from rehab and within minutes of landing in Hailey went straight to jail awaiting his next step. He was released from jail and began to reassemble his life in this small community.

He is busy attending therapy sessions, AA meetings and parenting classes, all of which are a daily occurrence. I want to thank the community for welcoming him back—he has been greeted graciously and that makes a powerful impact in his recovery and getting his life back.

Shawna Busby-Hirman

Longmont, Colo.

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