There are images and sounds a reporter never forgets. They are indelible and become ingrained in the fabric of every reporter's memories.
There are images and sounds a reporter never forgets. They are indelible and become ingrained in the fabric of every reporter's memories. No matter how many victories you cover, there are always those horrific stories that you linger. They capture your attention and come back to remind you, time and time again, that life takes twists and turns that take us by surprise and in the matter of a fleeting minute, our lives are forever changed.
The sounds of sirens in the dead of night at the scene of a breaking news story. The flashing lights against the black of the night sky. The crackling of a fire as it consumes a home. The eerie silence as you approach the yellow tape at a homicide. The sound of American flags gently blowing in the wind as a young soldier is brought home to rest. The hollow wail of a grieving mother who has just lost her child.
Some stories are harder than others. It is never easy to separate the human side of news from the business of gathering the news. Websites and social media have changed how we go about doing our jobs. Our deadlines are now measured in real time. The rush to keep the news cycling and up-to-date pushes the human side to the background, at least temporarily. But once the job is done and the newsroom is empty, the realization that the four people are dead, and the life of a 14 year-old child will never be the same, sinks in.
Wednesday was a day of heroic efforts by those who worked tirelessly for hours at the scene of a quadruple-fatal accident. They should be commended. It's never easy doing what they do, and this week, they did it about as well as we have ever seen.
This story has been one of the most difficult for us at Lake News to bring to you, the public, in quite some time. We are required, by the nature of our job responsibilities, to bring you the news, regardless of how tragic it is.
We have been so impressed by the heartfelt response shown by this community. We have admired emergency responders, who in the face of an extremely challenging and emotionally taxing circumstance, performed admirably. But most of all, our most sincere thoughts and prayers go to the families of Randal Estes and the Schroeders for peace, comfort and strength; and to Donnie Schroeder for continued recovery.