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Letter: Patten is like a brother

Re “State rep accused of stalking” (Monitor front page, April 24):

Dick Patten has a habit of helping people who are down and out, and I ought to know: His family took me in when I was 3 years old.

My parents weren’t that interested in raising me and somehow, luckily, I found a home with the Patten family in Concord who treated me like a son. Dick was their only son, 20 years older than me, and I looked up to him as an uncle. Then, as I got older, like a brother.

I have a family of my own now and don’t get up to visit as much as I’d like to, which he reminds me of whenever we talk, but he’s still like a brother to me. I lived with the man for years, grew up with him and could not be more shocked by the accusations brought against him. Nothing about that sounds like the man I know.

I wasn’t the only young kid who benefited from Patten generosity, when no one else was there. I wasn’t exactly a model child at times and caused some grief to people who didn’t deserve it. Today though, I’d just like to thank him and say that I’ll be standing by, ready to vouch for his character to whoever wants to hear it.

CHRIS HILLSGROVE

Exeter

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