My little blog, that I started just for me and then kept going for others, went from 15 views a day to 287. I’m sure many of these views are just rubberneckers driving past a car crash. But I do know several readers are people who I don’t know (at least I didn’t) but do know Steven. I very much appreciate your support and I do understand the various reasons you feel you cannot come forward, especially those of you who feel you have already moved on from this… finally.
However, I just want to encourage you to share your story and own it. Get in front of it. As a writer, there is no greater compliment than to be told my words touched someone and that I gave them a voice where they felt they had none before.
But you do have a voice. Yours. And yours is much better than mine because your voice has YOUR story.
I saw this meme this morning and was reminded of the bullies among us. The people who continue to do what they do without remorse and who use whatever power they have to crush the truth.
People who use other people and discard them. People who flaunt their power as they bend or outright break rules they obviously have no regard for.
People who know what to say and when to say and to whom… and who to throw under the bus.
I’ve been encouraged by several people to share this blog series with people who would care. However, I’m not convinced they do, and if they do… I know I’m not as good at wrapping people around my finger as he is. He’s been doing this a long time. Again, we are not talking about a normal ability of manipulation. We are talking about a honed skill of decades.
While I do still hope he can be gotten help, I’m not holding my breath. Mostly because the people that are contacting me and supporting my battle have said he has ‘gotten help’ before… tried medication, and nothing lasts because ultimately he doesn’t want to change.
And there’s the rub. Even if others above him learned of all this and recognized it for what it was and not what he wanted them to believe, without his desire to change… he can’t.
So, while I’m still concerned about the position he holds, captain of a fire station, and what could happen when he needs more excitement and adventure and adrenaline rush… there’s just nothing I can do there.
What I can do is continue to ignore his bullying and abuse of power (I got another call from a different sheriff’s deputy). It would be great if he wanted help and got help… but unlikely. So, the goal is just to warn people. In a few days or so, the one post will likely be indexed by Google and anybody can find if they are looking. It’s up to them to do their own due diligence. Of course, you are welcome to share these posts… the more people that see it, the safer the Black Hills are from him. And others like him.
But again… I encourage you to share your story.
If you wish to read the whole story in order, now with updates (edited to add), on my experience with Steven Monteforte (AKA Steven Joseph, as this blog has put a crimp in his game. And he has a different job now… Piedmont Ambulance and Keystone Ambulance. And this is his new facebook page)
Post 13 Steven Monteforte brief update.