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KOMO 4 crash

Seattle’s KOMO 4 team works diligently to report the events of our communities; and they do it with great grace and professionalism – even when they are the story.

Dan Lewis was at Sea-Tac when he learned of a KOMO helicopter crashing. Lewis was on his way to Washington DC to interview President Obama, but he immediately returned to KOMO.

“I knew this is where I had to be,” he said as faced the viewing audience, voice quivering. He said he hopes to have another chance to interview Obama, but if not, that is okay.

The sad crash of the KOMO 4 chopper Tuesday morning made its way into everyone’s heart. We forget the media have no idea who their viewers are, but we feel we know them as friends. And that is why we watch their grief; we extend our compassion and walk with them as they grasp at understanding the details of a helicopter falling from the sky with colleagues and friends, photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Pfitzner, on board.

Life does change in an instant. We should love accordingly.

(S-R photo: KOMO assignment editor Norm Mah, right, gets a hug as he works at the scene of the crash of a KOMO news helicopter Tuesday, March 18, 2014)


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