Former D.A. honored for his decades of public service.
I've spent a lot of time with Joe; he is one of the most laid back, attentive, just plain nicest people I know.
A lot of people came to talk with Joe when he lived in the house on 8th. Avenue in Coatesville. Some people would stay late after most people went home because what they wanted to say was full of very heavy grief and fear. At one of those late nights tears came to my eyes as I listened to a crime victim's story in Joe's dining room. I told him "I don't know how you do it, listening to so many grief stricken frightened people."
At the Coatesville City Council meeting mentioned by Ms. Brady Shea in the article above Joe was so angry his hands shook. This is the only time I saw him angry:
I came a little bit early to the meeting. I knew that about 200 police officers and public officials were on their way from a staging area and would march two by two into Coatesville City Hall. I spoke briefly to Harry Walker outside city hall on my way in. Harry said it would be a good meeting, he had no idea.