NEWS or FEATURE STORY (Circulation Over 100,000)
First Place: "Beyond The Flames"
Philadelphia Inquirer Series, Apr. 30-May 7, 2000
"200 men answered a fire alarm in Chester. Illness and death have haunted the group ever since." The Aftermath of the Wade Dump Fire in 1978 in Chester, Penn. was the focus of this interesting and tantalizing series. The stories published capture the still unfolding tragedy of suffering fire fighters, their families and citizens.
These articles highlight the importance of media in educating the public about the consequences of chemical fire on fire fighters, and how they fight death to their last breath. This series was largely responsible for the introduction of presumptive Cancer legislation in the state of New Jersey. It's an unforgettable episode that should be told to future generations.
Second Place: “After the Fire”
The Star-Ledger, Sept. 17-24, 2000
Fire in a student lounge in the freshman dormitory at Seton Hall University changed the lives of students Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos forever.
This feature is an excellent example of love, courage, hope and triumph. It is a pictorial essay focused on the treatment and recuperation of victims of the Seton Hall University Dormitory Fire that received national attention. The story pushes you to read on, but the chilling pictures make you want to stop turning the pages.
Honorable Mention: "Firefighters will Get
Diving Gear for Rescue Work"
"Police, Firefighters Engaged in Turf war Again"