Photos That Move Me

Firefighter with child. Photo by Charles Porter IV.

Today is a terrible anniversary. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh’s truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 men, women, and children.

Charles (Chuck) Porter, an amateur photographer, was working in the loan department in Liberty Bank when he heard the terrible explosion. He went to the trunk of his car, grabbed his camera, and rushed to the scene. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a police officer hand something to a firefighter. “I didn’t know what he was carrying,” Porter said. “The next frame I took was the fireman holding this infant.” It was one year old Baylee Almon. She was one of the 19 children killed that day.

The image was distributed by the Associated Press and won the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News in 1996.

This image breaks my heart.


Pulitzer Prize: Charles Porter IV

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