As this column has observed before, there must be an organization for everything. Here's another one: the National Organization for Victim Assistance. The group, which helps the victims of crimes and accidents, is holding its ninth annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla.
There, last night, the organization gave the National Victim Advocate Volunteer of the Year Award to two Fairfax countians, ex-victims themselves, who helped deal with a tragic problem in Arizona.
Richard and Dorothea Morefield of Annandale--he, you'll recall, was one of the hostages in Iran, and she was a strong advocate for all the captives--used their contacts in Washington to intervene in the case of a young Navy veteran, Jerome Pitchie Jr., who was murdered in Arizona last year while traveling by van from California to Nebraska.
Pitchie's belongings, including the van and a motorcycle, had been impounded as evidence in the murder case. They included tapes of him playing his guitar that his mother, Betty Daharsh of Lincoln, Neb., never had heard. They also included gifts from Asia being carried to her and to his two brothers.
The problem was storage charges. A total of more than $1,000 had been racked up and Daharsh said she was told she'd have to pay that sum to retrieve her son's belongings.
The organization said the Morefields persuaded all involved to waive the charges.