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When Tragedy Strikes

April 7, 2011 - Michael Palmer
I was talking with my coworker after returning from a fire near Dilles Bottom yesterday where a family returned home to find everything they owned had gone up in flames.

The younger daughter was crying on her fathers shoulder, a grade school aged boy asked a relative arriving to the scene, "Why did this happen to us?" and a teenage boy sat with the family dog staring at the surreal scene of firefighters pouring water onto the pile of smoking ashes where he had lived that morning before he left for school.

The reporters and photographers are often an unwanted arrival at these scenes, but this homeowner was very hospitable, considering the circumstances. I was silently praying for the family as the reality of what had transpired was sinking in and the tears flowed.

Reporters ask the usual who, what and where and what caused the fire? These might be important to the media but what about the real important questions? Did they have homeowners insurance? What family valuables and memories were lost forever? Where will they, a family of seven spend the night?

Tragedy makes the news, but I hope that there is a follow up on the story to make sure that local relief organizations and community groups are stepping to help rebuild these lives.

I prefer sports reporting.

 
 

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