Here are some letters and Face Book posts from families and fans we have had contact with. Thank you for all the kind words.
May 23, 2014 10:48 pm
Dear Mr. Mazzilli,
I don’t know if you remember me but the last time we talked was two years ago when I was removed from my birth parents by children services because of abuse and my birth parents kept telling me I was worthless. During that time I was placed with a wonderful family and I didn’t know how to react to the new environment, so I start believing what my birth parents were saying and I got a hold of you explaining I was going to run away and no one would ever know I was gone. We talked for awhile and I started thinking if I am going to become a Police Officer I cant let people get under my skin. So that fall I started my classes at the Greene County Career Center High School Criminal Justice Program. Was a SkillsUSA Local Officer holding a position of Parliamentarian. Now look at me now, I just graduated from there gaining knowledge no other high school-er will have if they stayed at the high school and didn’t go to our technical school. Finished with Honors, and earned 6 college credit. Than I graduate from my home high school this Wednesday on May 28 at 7 at Wright State Nutter Center. If it wasn’t for you sharing that story about that boy down the street from you when you were a child, I don’t think I would have stayed and there would of been more trouble for me running. I am starting at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) to earn my Bachelors in Criminal Justice this fall, then we I turn 21 attend the Police Academy. I have come so far, and what I needed to do is cut contact with my birth parents because their goal was to bring me and I needed to do whats best for me, I tried having a relationship but it was making me ill and my parents now didn’t think that was a good thing. We might me hundards miles away, and never meet before but you have changed my life by just listening and giving advice. Thank you Joe Mazzilli and I hope one day we might be able to meet, and I want to change lives in heart broken children lives like you did to mine. I have had a great support system and im glad you were a piece of it. Attached to this email is a picture of my GCCC Graduation, I thought you might wanted to see it.
Joe and Gemma are my daughters Guardian Angels. I found my daughter and called Joe and Gemma and they jumped into action to help my daughter and save her life by getting her into a program. Joe and Gemma you are the best May God bless you always love you for life.
TO MY DEAR RUNAWAY SQUAD, If i thank you EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY for ETERNITY it will NEVER be enough !!!!!!!! When no one else in the whole wide world would help me look for my missing daughter, your squad NEVER left my side . JOE, GEMMA,CHRIS and AGATHA You held me up when i was losing hope and you scraped me off the floor on sleepless nights. While the whole time you were looking for my daughter ,day after day and night after night. You put your own lives at risk and on hold to help me, a total stranger find my daughter . How can i thank you for saving my daughters life , she was missing for almost a year and most people would have given up but your team never stopped looking for her. That GLORIOUS DAY came when you and the deputy sheriffs found my daughter.I thank GOD and his angels on earth( The Runaway Squad). I hope everyone who reads this post realizes how crucial your squad is for runaways and donates their time or money to help your squad continue finding missing children.(working as angels on earth for GOD) MY THANKFUL DEVOTED LOVE TO YOU ALL. DIANNE
Dear Runaway Squad,
Thank you for all the assistance you have provided me during my daughter search. I appreciate the information and advice you have given me. Your expertise and help have been invaluable during this process.
Jo A. Botti
I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Joe, Gemma and all the folks that help volunteer their time with the Runaway Squad. A friend stumbled across their info and gave it to me while we were searching high and low for my son. I got no help form my local police department, and despite several “helpful friends” recommending that I hire a PI.. I didnt have the money to do so. These guys were an invaluable source of help in looking for my son. I am happy to say that we managed to find him and return him home safe where he belongs. He was in a bad place with bad people. Luckily we got to him before he ended up like so many of the kids that spurred Joe to start this organization.. We will be forever grateful to them.. Thank you just doesnt say enough guys…
Thank you so much for all your help with finding my daughter. before you came into the picture to help me,I had almost given up all hope of ever finding my daughter alive. The police really showed no interest in finding a runaway. Thank God for Joe and the Runaway Squad who gave me hope and helped my family.after 6 months missing, My daughter was reunited with our family and is getting the help she really needs thanks to you. I am so very grateful.
Thank you for helping me find Raini. It means the world to me to have him home again.
Thank-You for helping to bring my son, Andrew Parker, back home!
I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Jessica Nicole Botti was found She is in good condition. Thanks runaway squad for all your support. keep up the good work. Respectfully, Botti family
Our work continues!!! We made a family in Maryland whole again…
This show is the best thing that ever happened to all parents out there and also grandparents like myself, my grandaugter was missing for almost a year, Letticia thanks to joe and the runaway squad she was found alive and well, God bless the runaway squad their GREAT!!!!!!!!
Runaway Squad Case #067: 16 yr old girl runaway, she leaves home to be with a 37 yr old convicted Level 3 Sex Offender who is HIV positive..Parents called the Runaway Squad hotline asking for help. We are on the case immediately as this a priority, runaway found this morning in Queens..Sex Offender in Rikers on unrelated charge. We are working to put and keep this animal in jail. Please talk to your kids!!!
Joe n jason u r the best n I thank u so much 4 bring my daughter home. With out u guys my life would b crazy.I will never 4 get u guys.joe n jason don’t 4 get may 18th the party 4 u guys n letticia. Love u guys
Hey guys this is Jakob Book. my episode was on monday night. i wanted to tell everyone about what i went through and how the squad helped me. While i was gone i was under the influence of many types of dependent things.. i dont feel proud of what did. when i heard what i was doind to my family i felt bad but i still ran faster. i dont know why i ran. mostly because i had a serious drug problem. when joe found me i was moments from dying. he saved my life and i owe it to him. if he hadnt found me. id be dead. thank you runaway sqaud and thank you Joe Mizzilli for helping me with my problems. ill always remember you guys. Call me as often as you like! stop bye too!
I just want to say thank ya’ll for the awesome job ya’ll did finding my nephew, Jake. You rock!!!
Guys, thank you for saving Jake’s life!
my dear friend Joe God bless you the squad and the show
FATHER OF RUNAWAY VINNY LOPEZ
Bar none, these great people work from the heart. They’re out there everyday looking for endangered kids. They help families and ask for no money for themselves. They are God’s hands and they have touched my family and I will forever be greatful.
I hope you are well and the project continues to have great success! It is certainly needed to bring awareness to the public about these kids who most people never realize the dangers they face. I’m currently involved in a production about my life story and how the search for my sister and our work at Outpost for Hope began – it is so encouraging that these topics are hitting the mainstream and making for such compelling television. I can personally attest that in my experience, (and probably Joe can too) – the truth is stranger than fiction!
Can you pass along a personal thank you from me to Joe Mazzilli? I would really appreciate just being able to share that in the last 11 years of doing my work with Outpost for Hope, I have rarely met anyone in law enforcement (or retired law enforcement) who has been willing to be a champion for kids on the streets. It has been more like being a voice in the wind at times fighting for someone in law enforcement to give attention to these kinds of cases and arguing often for the basic need to simply take a missing persons report. I think Joe is a hero and his previous experience in law enforcement and what he’s doing now – speaks volumes to me.
My best to you and Joe and his team for this awesome work!
Outpost for Hope
“Joe, I know I have told you many times before, but I want to thank you again for the work you do. Not just for finding my son but, for all the other children you have helped reunite. If you ever have a case in Louisiana just let me know what I can do to help. Delta”
Jacob Book’s father
As I grew up I made a lot of mistakes that not only affected me but also my family. At that moment I didn’t care about nothing. Until I met Joe, he has changed my life completely in many different ways. For me is more than a hero he is my angel. Every step I thank and pray for my family and Joe because if it wasn’t for… them I would be somewhere else. Joe is a very special friend who I ADMIRE, RESPECT AND LOVE. WITH LOVE DAYANA ♥
Hey guys this is Jakob Book. my episode was on monday night. i wanted to tell everyone about what i went through and how the squad helped me. While i was gone i was under the influence of many types of dependent things.. i dont feel proud of what did. when i heard what i was doind to my family i felt bad but i still r…an faster. i dont know why i ran. mostly because i had a serious drug problem. when joe found me i was moments from dying. he saved my life and i owe it to him. if he hadnt found me. id be dead. thank you runaway sqaud and thank you Joe Mizzilli for helping me with my problems. ill always remember you guys. Call me as often as you like! stop bye too!
We are so grateful to you Joe, your team and everyone who took our broken family by the hand and never gave up for a minute…you made us whole again and you will always be in our hearts. Thank You and GOD bless you.
My dear friend Joe God bless you the squad and the show
Dear Staff Of Runaway Squad 12-3-2010
I saw your show earlier this year & must commend you all on the great work you do! These gift cards are for when all hope & faith seem lost. Go have a coffee on me, regroup yourselves, recharge & try it again! Just perhaps these gift cards could aid in a warm drink followed by good conversation that leads to a successful rescue. Keep up the good work & tireless efforts! Sincerely, Steve Scheinpflug
In case I haven’t told you this lately, Thank you for saving my son’s life. Last Christmas I stood at my window and cried. This year, because of you, I can see his wonderful face. You are truly an angel. Love Gina Book,Mike Petty & Family
Merry Christmas Joe, 12-2010
Thanks for everything you have done for me and my family. You are a very special person in our lives. God bless you Joe. As I said before, ever since you found me you put my life back on track. I will always remember you for the rest of my life, because if it wouldn’t have been for you and the Runaway Squad I don’t know where I would have been right now. Once again thank you Joe, it’s been an honor to work for such a great person like you, who keeps helping everyone. God Bless You XOXO with Love Dayana
Hello. Im Marissa Weeks. Im almost 20(I was still 19 when i went missing on halloween). I thought i needed my own freedom and my own life. I wanted to do my own thing. I went out to Los Angeles(Gang Capitol of the world), and thought i had a ride home(turns out the people i was running with only got close to me to try and pimp me out). I ended up stuck in the area because i felt like i was a failure and i thought i could handle my own life. I ended up on the streets and ran into a girl i grew up with, she took me in and things were fine for a few weeks. When she was getting off work i had been at her house where her and her boyfriend live. The day before that they had a party, I went thru an event and her boyfriend tried to sell me to the same person who hurt me because he wanted to get high but didnt have money. I told my friend when she got back from work, she believed him. I locked myself in a room and happened to see your show on. I was missing for almost a month. I had been jumped by a gang, raped, and almost sold thruout that short time. I had believed i could take on life on my own and i could handle it without anyone(especially my parents) else helping. I previously had been molested by my cop uncle from age 7-17, i spoke up to my parents when i was 12. they said they would deal with it but they didnt believe me so that made me feel like they wouldn’t had helped me if i had contacted them when i ranaway anyways. I had to testify a few months ago after 2 years of trama waiting for the trial, i got fed up and ran. Eventually i broke down and it was after seeing your show. I had a wake up call thanks to you guys because i got a glimpse of how my parents must be feeling. I called them and went to work with my friend the next day to meet my parents. The first thng they did was take a picture of me and it is one of the few time i have ever seen my father cry. So thank you for your show, you made me see that what i was doing was causing pain instead of me thinking if i wasn’t there the pain would end. I would like to say this to you on a phone if anything and if possible. i live in california.