Barbara May: ‘Report responsibly’
July 23, 2011
To the editor:
First, I want to thank the Deserado Mine Rescue teams for a thoughtful fun day Wednesday. I had the pleasure of being invited by my nephew to come and watch the Deserado teams compete.
My nephew, Tyrel Bosick, was recently made captain of the Silver Team and he was excited for the Craig competition.
Sadly, he was the young man who was killed in an auto accident July 3 in Rangely. It was a shock and a devastating loss to his family, friends and coworkers.
Tyrel was an accomplished young man who was not only deeply loved but had the high respect of those who knew and worked with him. I am proud to say that the Silver Team rallied and stepped up to the plate, and I know Tyrel would tell all of you, job well done, as do I.
The men of Deserado have been a huge support to Tyrel's parents, my brother and sister-in-law, and to the rest of our family and you will all have a place in our hearts.
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Second, I would like to address the way the Craig Daily Press reported this accident. On Monday morning, July 4, just a few hours after Tyrel's family had been notified of his accident, we find your article plastered on the front page. Family and friends as far away as Arizona read it.
We understand it is your job to print the news, but let me tell you that your article was described as cold, callous, sterile, insensitive and thoughtless, and some of your statements were uncalled for.
It was obvious that he was used as a poster boy for the Colorado State Patrol's safety agenda — at the expense of those who knew him. In the future, when you print a story of this kind, I would ask the staff of the Craig Daily Press to please ask yourselves:
How would this article affect me if this was my child, grandchild, father, mother, husband, wife, brother, sister, uncle, nephew, niece, cousin, respected co-worker or best friend?
You are not just reporting a State Patrol report; you are reporting the loss of a life that affected many.
Please report responsibly.
(Editor's note: The story described in the letter above was published in the afternoon of July 4 on the newspaper's website. The story appeared on page 3 in print July 6.)