The following statement is being released at the request of the Heidbrink family:

The Heidbrink family would like to express their gratitude to the many people who have expressed their love and concern for Joshua.  We are very aware of the prayers being offered by people throughout the world on his behalf.  We would like to thank the EMT’s, doctors and nurses that took care of Joshua and saved his life.  We will be eternally in your debt. 

We would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Deep Creek Ward, Chesapeake Stake presidency and the Virginia Richmond Mission presidency for their assistance and support in our time of need.  Many people in the area supported and stayed with our son until we were able to arrive in the area.  Because of the end of the holiday season we were only able to get a flight into Baltimore and a special young lady from the area gave of her time and flew up to Baltimore to pick us up so we wouldn’t have to make the long drive to Chesapeake to be with Joshua.  We also want to thank a special police officer who is also a member of our church that spent many, many hours with Joshua in the hospital so he wouldn’t be alone. 

The people we met in the Chesapeake area were nothing but gracious, sympathetic and apologetic for what happened to Joshua and his companion, Morgan Young.  We want to thank the police detectives in charge of the case for the professional way they handled the case, their patience and dedication and the many long hours they have worked.  Our friends and family have also been very generous with their help to us and we are grateful for their love.  We know we can never repay the many generous people who have helped us in this trying time. 

We were able to meet the parents of Morgan Young while we were in Virginia and have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for these fine parents.  Even in their time of extreme grief, they expressed their concern for Joshua and helped him to feel better about the loss of his good friend.  Our hearts are broken for their loss.  Joshua is at home now recovering. 

Many people have expressed interest in knowing more about Joshua.  He has a very positive attitude about life and a wonderful sense of humor.  He is a ham radio operator, and enjoys computers, scuba diving, spending time with his friends and teaching the gospel.   He is in good spirits and the doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery.  His physical and emotional wounds are healing and his faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ has been the greatest help in his recovery.