Friday, December 18, 2009

Season of loss

"Jennifer Kuester (center) is comforted by family as she looks at the damage to her home that was caused by a fire in Orem, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. The fire was extinguished at about 12:45 p.m., leaving behind about $125,000 in damage. The year has not been an easy one for the family. The Kuester's 9-year-old daughter died in October from complications of swine flu."

There is not much spot news out here in Utah. But then again I didn't cover that much despite the continual murders and crime in Baltimore.

This week, before heading out to drive west of Utah lake, I was told to head up to where a family's home was on fire.

I wasn't sure if it was still on fire or what, so I followed the reporter up there.

A real tragedy, this Orem family who lost daughter to swine flu were now victim to a total loss of their house to fire.

They weren't showing much emotion when the television and reporters were around. So I kept in the shadows until they all left. Even then, I kept my distance. It wasn't until all were gone when I got this moment.

I wasn't a big fan of the picture, I felt I could captured a stronger moment that showed their pain. But I was told it was moving and told the story. I hope it speaks the hardship the family has been through.

I wish them the best and hope that their holiday season is a happy time despite their hardships this year.


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