The parents are outraged, and are pleading for the video to be taken out of circulation, and that the firefighter in question be punished. The firefighter has been suspended, until the legality has been established.
But there are questions surrounding this, namely if it is illegal for the video to have been taken in the first place, and secondly, to have been shared by other firefighters.
The question seems to be a moral one rather than a legal one, as many videos have been taken out in the field by first-responders of all kinds.
Nearly everyone on the planet has a cellphone and the genie is out of the bottle as far as anyone getting instant videos and putting them online. However, this particular video is not on Youtube, and is not availabe online.
Heartbroken parents Jeff and Lucretia Kempson are speaking out after Georgia firefighters allegedly filmed their daughter’s deadly wreck with a cell phone instead of pulling her lifeless body from her car.
A Georgia county is looking into whether any rules were violated after a firefighter took graphic cell phone video of a fatal crash that was shared with other firefighters, patrons at a bar and was later received by the father of the woman who died.
Jeff Kempson tells Atlanta station WAGA-TV he doesn’t understand why a firefighter would have taken the video of his daughter, 23-year-old Dayna Kempson-Schacht. She died July 17 when her car crashed into trees.
The Spalding County Sheriff’s office says a firefighter took the video on his personal cell phone and shared it with other firefighters. An unknown firefighter later took the video to a bar and texted it to other patrons. From there, the video spread.
Dayna Kempson-Schacht, 23, died on July 17 when her SUV crossed the central barrier, flipped multiple times and crashed into trees. Dayna, a mother-of-two, died instantly according to the coroner.
Months after her death Dayna’s parents were emailed the graphic video of the death scene by an ex-brother-in-law, after the footage was posted online.
On the video, one person says, ‘Oh my God,’ and two voices can be heard describing body parts in a matter-of-fact way.
The Spalding County Sheriff’s office says a firefighter took the video on his personal cell phone and shared it with other firefighters. An unknown firefighter later took the video to a bar and texted it to other patrons. From there, the video spread
The county is now looking into whether any rules were violated, but Dayna’s devastated parents believe there should be a law to prevent such footage.
Dad Jeff said he doesn’t believe responders should be allowed to carry cell phones as their radios are enough. ‘Any responder on any scene at any time who’s allowed to have his cell phone could take these videos,’ he told the Today Show on Tuesday.
But any law would be too late for the Kempsons, as the pictures of Dayna’s lifeless body are forever etched in their minds.
The horrible images are matched only by the tone in the firefighter’s voices, mom Lucretia said, as ‘there was no urgency to see if she was okay.’
The firefighter who filmed the video hasn’t commented.
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