Stories that hit close to home always hurt the most, whether you’re a reader, viewer or member of the media. Our lives in the media aren't much different than anyone else's life. We aren’t perfect either. We cry too. Some of us pray. We bleed. We die on the job. Our number one job-related death is murder. Our lives matter too.
|WDBJ7 Reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed on the job on Aug. 26, 2015.|
It’s always hard when you lose one of your own, even if you didn’t know them personally. Police officers, firefighters and military service members feel that pain with line of duty deaths. Each group shares a bond, a second family, that can only be understood by those in that vocation.
The WDBJ7 TV station, where Allison and Adam worked, was among the many media outlets to report on their deaths. You could hear the pain in our voices when we talked about the loss of our own as members of the media. It was in the back of our minds as we worked that warm August day that it could happen to us. We stayed strong together. Many of us reached out to friends in the media and entertainment business and encouraged safety. We are cautious on assignments. Despite that, we don’t always see the potential dangers around us.