This note is an emotional response to Paul Carter’s letter of April 28, titled, “Horrific photograph,” regarding that remarkable picture of firefighter Chris Fields holding, so tenderly, the dying Baylee Almon in his arms. If there was ever a sensitive moment caught on film, this is it. I would be proud to know this man, were he my husband, my son, or just a friend. Penny Stout Milo
I think the picture of the little girl and the fireman is one of the greatest photos of all times.
It is riveting, awesome and heart-wrenching. It touches the emotions of every feeling, thinking human being. It is reality at its rawest. It says it all, it needs no interpretation and it defies all words, languages, race, color or creed. It brings us to our knees.
This wasn’t a photo taken in Vietnam, Bosnia or Auschwitz; a photo in some faraway place, a photo we look at in horror but far removed from us. This was Oklahoma City, the United States. This is a wake-up call for all Americans that sick, demented minds live among us and are ready and able to destroy us at a moment’s notice. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand and look away. The impact of this photograph is forever etched in our minds. “The horror and the humanity, the good and the evil.”
Justice will be done and soon forgotten, but the picture will live forever in the minds and hearts of people all over the world as a constant reminder that life is fragile and fleeting but man has to go on and make this world a better, safer, kinder place for all people everywhere. Carole Harris Millinocket