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Blind Chester man remains upbeat despite being beaten and robbed
The 22-year-old who is legally blind was alone and went downstairs to investigate the voices and his dogs' barking.
Joe, who asked that his last name not be used, was unable to get a detailed description of the burglars because of his visual impairment, known as optic nerve glioma.
After being knocked to the floor, Joe said he regained consciousness a short time later.
"The scary part for me was I woke up and my sight went totally black. I couldn't see anything for about three to four minutes. One of the dogs was on me, but I couldn't tell who it was or what it was," he said.
His only description of the burglar who approached him was that he had light brown hair and was wearing a T-shirt.
Joe said the burglars entered the house by busting through a basement door that was secured with a dead bolt, damaging siding on the house in the process.
Joe was treated for his injuries at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, but he is receiving follow-up care from his doctor and will be seen by a neurologist.
While he was shaken by the attack, Joe refuses to let it stop him from living. He's still making plans to launch the Braille club in Epping to educate students about the tactile writing system used by the visually impaired and how it has changed many lives.
A lifelong Chester resident, Joe graduated from Pinkerton Academy and remained active throughout his childhood, attending camps for the blind and participating in Special Olympics during high school.
Chief Burke has known Joe since he was a child.
"He's a real good kid," he said.
Meanwhile, Joe plans to continue his search for a job. He took the six-week WorkReadyNH program at Great Bay Community College to help him get a job, but so far hasn't had any luck.
"I love working with kids," he said.
Anyone with information on the burglary and assault is asked to call the Chester Police Department at 887-2080.
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