Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Photo gets unwanted press attention

Anthony "Skip" Fernandez and his rescue dog, Aspen, were exhausted after a 13-hour shift searching in the ruins of the bombed Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995. He sat down on the curb with his dog while other rescuers talked to reporters. He soon fell asleep. Two days later he was shown a picture of him and his dog taken by David Allen. Fernandez hoped to avoid the notoriety resulting from the picture, but he couldn't. When he arrived back in Dade County Florida his fire chief, the department public information officer, and reporters were at the airport to greet him and Aspen. As a result of the picture, Fernandez would face reporters many more times. While reluctant to get all this attention, the photo was compelling – a human interest side of an otherwise tragic event.

Fernandez, A. (2007). Remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing. Journal of
American History, 94(1), 179-182. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier

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