By Leo Mirolli Jr.
For The Daily Item
I feel I need to clarify some of the information reported in the Sept. 28th edition of the Daily Item. I felt like giving The Daily Item some more personal information regarding my past would be in my best interest. However, even as I read the article I felt like the whole story still isn’t being reported. Even with this letter I know it still won’t tell the whole story.
It was my understanding all fines were paid in full, but when it was brought to my attention years later, I agreed on a payment plan and continue to pay as agreed. Anyone who follows local county issues knows how the collection of court costs were all in disarray for years.
The charges back in 1989 regarding the bullying of my pregnant girlfriend at the time — even though the school district would not protect her from the daily bullying she had to encounter — I know today that by taking the actions I choose at that time was not the right thing to do for her, me, or my unborn child. As a 19-year-old teenager, I felt like I had no one to turn to. This event was what began a bad downward spiral of my young life. I began to drink and drink heavily for years and basically became a vigilante. My whole world came crashing down on me in late 1994 when alcohol took over my life. I had a decision to make: Continue the downward spiral or get treatment for the alcohol addiction and the chip I had on my shoulder, or possibly end up killing myself or even worse maybe some one else by my selfish actions.
I feel I also need to discuss the charge of harassment in 2004 that I was found to be not guilty. This charge was based on an individual who I was trying to have investigated for stealing money from the Fairview Fire Company. It wasn’t until years later he was finally arrested for theft.
Unfortunately, it was too late to save the fire company and the community ambulance which I was fighting for. My passion for Fairview ended up getting me arrested. The judge saw through the lies and I was found not guilty. I thought clarification was needed because I truly turned my life around after completing alcohol rehab in 1995.
I neither was a perfect child nor am I today a perfect adult. Just more mature and a lot wiser. I can somewhat compare my life as that of Judge Greg Mathis who was also going down the wrong path early in life.
I do feel its pretty pathetic that an incumbent and his supporters, whom I presume are very nervous, feel that they need to spend time and energy going back 20-plus years ago in my life, when I was basically still a dumb kid. They are trying to discredit who I am today, which is a God-fearing man with good Christian family values who has given his life in helping those in need as my profession as a paramedic and funeral director. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures by the incumbent and his supporters.
I have put thousands of hours of my own sweat, tears, and sometimes blood into the Mother Cabrini Baseball Complex, including coaching youth baseball for the last decade. In addition to teaching hundreds of people First Aid and CPR as well as several other community events and organizations I was or continue to be involved with today.
Every human being makes bad decisions in life and have skeletons in there closet. My past does not define who I am today. Well I guess it has. It is not what you have done in the past, it’s what you do with those mistakes and how you use them to better yourself and who you become because of them.
He who lives in glass houses should not throw stones. I promised my committee members when I announced my run for coroner I would not throw mud and only speak about the facts about the coroner and his office. I have received buckets and buckets of mud to throw from the public regarding the incumbent coroner, but I will remain on tract on running a clean campaign despite what his supporters have done and continue to do by making many false accusations publicly about not just me, but my family which includes all the harassment of my wife and children. In addition to multiple vandalism acts caused to my property from these people which has topped well over $3,000.
The kind of person I have become speaks for itself by those who know me on a professional and personal level.
In closing, just to clarify my past to those who still may have questions? I do have different criminal background checks which are from the state and federal levels. Including a third which is from Children and Youth and let me assures you that all of them read “NO RECORD FOUND” Yes, you heard me correctly! And I’m willing to share them with anyone who would like to see them. There is always more to a story then a small newspaper article.
I would like to thank everyone who has stood by me and continues to support me for my run for county coroner, and to my new friends since these articles were printed. I am willing to talk to anyone who still has questions. I am listed in the phone book.
Leo J. Mirolli Jr. is the Republican candidate for Northumberland County coroner is a certified paramedic and licensed funeral director.