YONKERS, NY — September 16, 2019 — This letter is to advise you that we do not accept the validity of the letter of apology attributed to Fire Fighter Richard LaPeruta and provided to Christopher J. Eberhart for his story that appeared in the Saturday September 14, 2019 edition of The Journal News, on News 12, in The Yonkers Tribune, and a host of other media outlets.
The convenient timing of this letter is suspect. It insults and disrespects the collective intelligence of the community of Yonkers to produce this bogus self-serving letter as justification to promote an obviously unqualified individual.
The date chosen for this bogus apology letter is particularly offensive. The date of 9/11 is a sacred and solemn day, both to mourn and celebrate those who lost their lives back on 9/11/2001, in the terrorist attacks, and those who continue to suffer the after effects of that horrible day. The audacity of dating this sham letter on this sacred day of sacrifice further demonstrates LaPeruta’s selfishness, his lack of judgement, and his complete disrespect for the fire service.
It is for this reason we view this letter with the upmost cynicism and contempt. We are appalled at your lack of sensitivity to our community and we demand that you rescind this questionable and irrelevant letter dated on 9/11 immediately.
/s/ Vulcan Society of Westchester Inc