Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Photographs that...


Broke My Heart: This is an image of Baylee Almon and firefighter Chris Fields.  A police officer had handed Baylee to him from the rubble of the Alfred P. Murray Building in Oklahoma on April 19, 1995.  What alot of people don't know, is that the firefighter removed his rough gloves before cradling Baylee in his arms.  This image was hard for me, because Chase at the time was only 6 months older than Baylee.  I remember the day this happened, standing in the kitchen of our home in Olathe, Kansas, feeding my son.  

This photo was taken by Charles Porter, who was an amateur photographer.  Did you know that he developed his images at Walmart?  AND, his friends encouraged him to take the image to the media.

My prayers tonight will be with Baylee and her family.  I will never forget...

3 comments:

Angela Donaldson Photography said...

Cheryl,
Thats an amazing photo one of those that speaks volumes to the heart

Linda said...

I too will never forget....

Anonymous said...

Cheryl,
I found your story and your family blog as I was looking for a wedding photographer for my daughter. When I was 8 months pregnant with my twins, my best friend's son died before he was born. I sat with her during the angonizing hours of induced labor to deliver her beautiful son and the next day as they brought him up to her hospital room from the morgue. We cuddled him, unwrapped him and took pictures. It was a sad...sad time, but those pictures have helped her (and all of us) through-out the years to remember Patrick for the beautiful baby that he was. This organization has really touched my heart. My mother had a baby several years before I was born who died during delivery - back in those days women were asleep during delivery and by the time she woke up they would not allow her to see her beautiful baby. She only had my father and grandmother's description of her to hold on to. If NILMDTS had existed then - maybe it would have been easier for her.
Thank you for sharing your experience and sorrow with all of us...somehow it helps!
Tina