Ten years ago today I covered one of the more emotionally difficult assignmets as a photojournalist.
I’ve shot a lot of funerals during my time as a newspaper photographer. They are never an enjoyable assignment.
Ten years ago two firefighters rushed in to a burning home to try and save an elderly woman. They didn’t live through it. The roof, weakened by fire and laden with heavy snow and ice, collapsed down on them.
It’s not enough for me that these two heros died trying to save a life. That is difficult enough to deal with. But one of the guys, Kenny, I knew. He was always nice to me at scenes I had to cover. But even more than that I worked with Kenny’s wife Melissa. She’s a great person and fun to be around.
The personal connection made it even harder.
These guys were true heros and I think about them and their families often. Hard to belive it’s been ten years.