COPING WITH TRAGEDY Charleston Firefighters Talk About Dealing With City's Deadliest Fire
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Elizabeth Norieka
Reported: Mar. 29, 2012 8:07 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO C L I C K T O P L A Y
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
It has been a rough week for all who helped out in Saturday's fatal fire. Firefighters and paramedics tell us they are dealing with the tremendous emotional impact of this tragedy day by day.
We spoke with the Charleston Fire Department's Assistant Fire Chief John Wilcox and Steve Osborne, who was a paramedic for the fire department that night. Both men have worked for the fire department for nearly 30 years.
They say this is by far the worst and hardest call they have ever been on. Seeing the seven children who died in that fire and the 2 adults has certainly taken its toll on the men. They say it made them think of their own children and grandchildren.
All week long grief counselors have been on hand to help in anyway they can and the men say just talking to one another about the tragedy has really helped them cope.