Posts Tagged ‘huey freeman’

D-Day anecdotes

June 6, 2011

Quick, what comes to mind when you think of D-Day? I immediately think of the terrifying opening scene from “Saving Private Ryan,” and the violence on Omaha Beach. The last thing I imagine is a funny story coming from that day. That’s when my interesting job comes in.

Last week I had the honor of filming an interview with WWII veteran William McGaughey.

Huey Freeman interviewing while I film

90 year old William McGaughey sure didn’t have any trouble recalling the details of his time spent overseas during World War 2. He told several stories, recalling his time as skipper of LCT 621 during the invasion of Normandy. I was amazed at how he regarded air raids as nothing to get worked up over, since there was nothing you could do but sit around and hope they didn’t hit you. I was even more surprised when he started laughing while he told a story from his landing at Utah beach.

He didn’t downplay the seriousness of war, and told other stories that weren’t as light-hearted. But I would bet enjoying the little things made it easier to deal with what was going on around you at a time like that.

Listening to Mr. McGaughey talk really made me wonder what stories my grandfather would have told if he was still around. My aunt said he didn’t talk about it much, but I wish I had been old enough to pick his brain before he died. It makes me even more grateful to be able to hear someone else’s story, and preserve it for future generations.

For the complete story in the Herald & Review, written by Huey Freeman, along with 4 more videos, follow this link: “Years don’t dim memory of D-Day for William McGaughey”


Fire Safety

October 14, 2010

Today I went to one of the Fire Department stations to film a program being put on for local kids.

We went out to a mobile unit used to run live fire escape drills with the kids. Using a fog machine they fill the rooms of the trailer with non-toxic smoke and teach the proper procedure to exit the house.

While we were there, they showed us how they use thermal imaging cameras to locate victims. One firefighter stayed behind in a room completely filled with smoke, and reporter Huey Freeman went in to locate him. You may remember Huey from his adventures paintballing with the Decatur Police Department.

I was very surprised at how low the visibility was, even though it was just smoke from a fog machine similar to the one I use on photo shoots. The smoke was non-toxic, but I still think I inhaled more than you’re supposed to.

Enjoy this video, complete with Huey’s commentary, my coughing in the background, and a neat demonstration of technology:

Here’s the video of the presentation the Decatur Fire Department put on for the kids. I was jealous of the kids that got to go down the pole and practice hitting targets with the hose.

On the job

June 17, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve been called out to a breaking news story, so it was exciting to have to rush out of one shoot to go film the scene of a car accident, or traffic collision if you keep up with “Hot Fuzz” standards.

Anyway, I grabbed this shot while I was editing. Reporter Huey Freeman is on the left, and I’m hiding behind the camera on the right. The face and sunglasses belong to Lt. Mark Allen of the Decatur Fire Department.

Hard at work.

HERE is a link to the story, and HERE is a link to the video I shot.

Now I’m on my way to film some female golfers at the Duramed FUTURES Tour.

Bugs, bullets, and burning boxes

April 23, 2010

The past few weeks have been pretty action packed, so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and make my point with photos and video. Here we go.

Last week  I shot a video about a huge collection of bugs being donated to the Illinois Raptor Center here in Decatur. I highly recommend taking a look at the video HERE. In it you will see just why they call this terrifying Illinois native the Cicada Killer:

Hint: it doesn't kill them right away...

Moving on. What’s the best way to prove how great sprinkler systems are at fighting fires? Build two identical rooms outside and light them on fire in front of a large crowd. Check out the video HERE. In it you will see this neat tornado-like flame:

I probably should not have sat as close as I did...

And to top it all off, I finally got a chance to use my helmet cam! Take a look:

Patrol officer Shawn Guenther with the camera on his paintball mask

A first-person view of the training exercise.

The Decatur Police Department did some training exercises with paintball guns, and I used the helmet cam for a couple sessions. You can see the footage included in my video for the Herald & Review HERE!

And, as a special bonus, you can see Huey Freeman trying his hand at shooting police with a 9mm paintball gun. Enjoy!