Photojournalist Lloyd Mitchell describes how he recently documented members of FDNY rescuing a family from an apartment fire. This is Lloyds first time capturing an event like this. Thanks for sharing your play by play events Lloyd!
Below is a description from Lloyd:
“On Sunday August 2, a phone alarm came over the Brooklyn scanner for E.96 and Linden Blvd in East Flatbush. The box was 2229. My ears listened in, multiple phone calls reporting a structure fire with people trapped on the second floor. It was 11:30 am. The chances of the place being occupied were high. Engine 283 transmitted the urgent 10-75. I jumped in a cab. When we arrived, I walked up the block, I visually sized up the situation. A member from Ladder 174 was in the process of getting off the aerial ladder. I had just shot a boxing match the night before. I was working on my images and didn’t expect to shoot breaking news that day. I quickly adjusted my camera settings from the previous night. I walked around the front bumper of Ladder 174.
Â Â Â Â My friend, mentor and fellow photojournalist Todd Maisel said “Lloyd look in the window.” There was s family sitting at the base of the window waiting to be rescued. A little girl screaming “help me.”Next a mother came to the window, fanning heavy smoke away from her 3 month old baby. I am now on auto pilot making frames of multiple rescues with my telephoto lens. I was thinking camera don’t fail me now. Two firefighters and a civilian, rescued a family of 6. Good humans still exist. All three men carried the children out the front door of the burn out residence. The children were obviously shaken up. FDNY Paramedics looked after the children. The mother of the 3 month old baby gave the baby an oxygen mask. A probie who has been on the job since May made his first career grab. I had made my first set of photos of people being rescued during a fire. The probie and I had a chance to talk. We both said we were on auto pilot just doing our job. You never know what you will see when you are out documenting life on the street. Photographing a rescue is a once in a lifetime moment. I am glad I was in the right place at the right time in order to make the rescue photographs. I love photographing truck work, so to see Vent Enter Search working and giving people another chance at life is awesome. These are moments I won’t forget.