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The part I hate

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007, at 9:20 AM

There are parts of this job which I truly dread.

Monday morning reminded me why.

We were getting Monday's paper to bed yesterday morning when a call came in from one of my sources telling me to get out to Normandy Lake ASAP.

Two people were missing.

More information came in while in route. The rescue squad was putting in at the dam, but not much else was known.

Arriving at the scene revealed a couple of deputies from Coffee County and their rescue squad already out on the waters. Speaking to the officers, they said that it was a father and son missing, but other than that, they knew very little.

A rescue boat was getting ready to head out and I headed down the ramp to get a shot ...

... when a sound that will haunt my dreams filled the air.

The wife and mother of the two victims had just arrived.

Her cry of indescribable anguish hit everyone at the scene like a force of nature. Invoking the Lord's name. Asking why.

There were no answers to be had.

Imagine what she must have been thinking all the way from Rutherford County to the lake: Maybe they're all right. Maybe they just lost their cell phone. They could just be stuck out there. What if... Maybe...

But all of those hopes were crushed when she crested the top of the dam and saw all the emergency personnel.

The grief was so devastating, she had to be practically carried back to her truck.

As the morning wore on, other family members arrived, but so did the grim news. Both souls were gone.

The loss. The hopelessness. The anger. The confusion. This is what the family was going through before us.

And there wasn't anything that could be done to help them.

The family soon left to identify the remains. All that was left to do was to report what happened.

But sometime, just giving the facts aren't enough.

A family has had its heart torn out of it.

Please think of them and pray as you go about the day.

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My prayers & thoughts will be with this family.

Brian, I would hate that part of the job too. When I lived in TX. I worked for a time as part of a crime scene clean up team. I saw some horrible scenes and at first it took some getting use to seeing blood and other fluids. We had to wear level A body suits for our protection and it was often very hot and the smells would stay inside the suit if you did not stay zipped up while inside the crime scene. All of these things made the job very stressful. This job paid VERY WELL. The thing that finally made me quit the job was the overwhelming sadness that I began to feel whenever I went to work and then I could not escape after work. I never had to see the family finding out. But I could imagine how it must have been. Thank God I have never found out 1st hand.

Thanks for what you do and I hope you will be able to let this go.


-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 9:50 AM

I saw this in the paper and it is so sad..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 10:20 AM

my husband & son fish Normandy all the time... my heart is broken for this family... I can't imagine

-- Posted by DannysGal on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 3:39 PM

MyNeighbor, at this point, they are not sure what happened, but please note in the story the mention of the storm that moved through Sunday night. This could have been a freak, weather related accident and if was due to a lightning strike, a lifejacket would have done little good.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 3:54 PM

Brian, thanks for what you do and for your compassion.

My heart breaks for the family members.

May The Lord give them comfort and peace. I will keep them in my prayers.

-- Posted by Friday on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 10:40 PM

Dang.... That family will be in my thoughts. Such a tragedy. And so close to home :(

Thanks for sharing your feelings.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Aug 22, 2007, at 12:25 AM

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