Unfortunately, our friend Jeff Hale isn't the only member of our courthouse community to recently suffer a devastating medical setback.
Former Chief Prosecutor and defense attorney Eileen Guerinot Bogar had a sudden and unexpected stroke on Friday night. She's only 38 years old.
For those who don't know Eileen, she is one of the most outgoing and caring friends that a person can have. She is always there with a kind word (and usually some great gossip) for a friend. Additionally, she is the loving mother of her son, E.J., who is the absolute light of her life.
In instances where other people have needed help, we could always count on Eileen to be the first to volunteer. In fact, prior to last week, she was one of a handful of attorneys who were working diligently to help cover all of Jeff Hale's cases. She doesn't just say she will help out. She does it. And she's never met a stranger.
Eileen's road to recovery is going to be a long one, unfortunately. She will need around-the-clock-care and rehabilitation. For those of us who know her, we have no doubt that she has the strength of character and stubbornness to make it through this, but she is going to need some help.
If you can, please take time to donate to Eileen. You can do so by clicking this link:
It is devastating what has been happening around the country and here locally this holiday season. It is definitely a time to count our blessings and do everything we can to help those who could use a little assistance.