Remember The Families And First Responders
The last two weeks have brought death, tragedy, and injuries to the New Hampshire region.
Murder of two parents by an 11-year-old
Murder outside Manchvegas night club
Murder In Manchester on Sagamore St
Suicides including bridge jumping, and shootings
As a photojournalist, I run towards many of these events to cover them for the news industry. I also try my hardest to show the First Responders doing their jobs.
I am not a firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, Investigator or member of law enforcement. I am not someone who works in the ER seeing the victims. I am not the medical examiner who sees only the victims who didn’t make it.
Although I think my job is important, and I try to do it well I have the easy job.
I am not seeing what First Responders see at the scenes. I am not trying to save the lives of a stranger, sometimes winning and losing at the task.
There is always a rush to the scene and then after, I reflect on what just happened. How many First Responders were involved, and how many families and friends were affected.
This week while on the scene at Sagamore St I had a conversation with Wayne DiGeronimo who has seen the worse of the worse in over 20 years with the NH Medical Examiners Office.
I realized he NEVER gets called for a “good situation”. Only when the injuries were so extreme the person perished.
It made me reflect as a deceased man lay on the ground just feet away what First Responders see EVERY DAY.
They can’t “unsee” what they have rushed towards, and can’t ever forget what they saw.
Armchair quarterbacks and keyboard commandos sit at home questioning what these first responders do.
The large percentage of these people commenting have never even seen a deceased person, but they saw it on TV. The show(s) they watched made them know how to do it better than the trained professionals.
I could go on but I will close in saying the following which hopefully some people remember
Lastly, if you haven’t done something good for someone today YOU are the problem. First Responders do something EVERY DAY