Archive for May, 2011

In memory of…

Posted: May 21, 2011 in Family, wedding

A beautiful young lady, married two weeks ago…

God speed Nikki, you will be missed by all.

This week has been a bad one. Once again bringing to the forefront child safety in cars, a subject which, unfortunately, appears NEVER to end.

Starting off with a minibus taxi rolling, sending all the occupants flying out the vehicle, initially killing  a 6 month old little girl. Lying just 10 m away, sprawls an 18 month old girl, barely alive, hanging to the last of her breath… I managed to stabilize as best as we could, then sent her to hospital, where sadly she died…

This is a contentious issue in that, while I’ve been a huge advocate for car seats in private vehicles, here we have another problem. Public transportation offers absolute no option for child safety for their passengers… and in the current economic climate, majority of the people utilizing these methods to get to work, take their children with them to drop off at a daycare center, nursery school or wherever. These taxi, transport, legally, 16 passengers, in reality, up to 30… and offer absolute no protection for the little ones.

THEN, last night I went out to a horrific accident… Family driving back home, had a head on collision with on of these taxi’s… massive impact, all occupants were injured.  But relatively minor in comparison, and why? because THEY of course were wearing seat belts!

The impact severe, but other occupants relatively uninjured, proving effectiveness of seatbelts

But the worst off was the little 4 year old girl, who, had the utmost and innocent trust in her mother and father to take care of her…

She was standing in-between the driver and passenger seat on impact, her body was flung forward with a huge force, slamming her beautiful body into the dashboard,  cracking her skull, snapping her neck, rupturing her organs and breaking her little bones!

have a look at the back seat: NO car seat, and intact shell..children would’ve been safe

Despite very aggressive resuscitation,…She will NEVER know what it will be like to learn to read and write, she will NEVER say “I love you ” to her mom and dad again, NEVER get to play in the garden with her dolls, NEVER go to “big school”, NEVER have her first kiss, NEVER have her first boyfriend, and NEVER have the opportunity to make a difference in this sick, cruel world of ours.

and why is that…because despite aggressive resuscitation efforts, this beautiful 4 year old girl died… in front of me…and while my 4 year old daughter sleeps at home…and I cannot help but feel this enormous loss that these parents will feel when we tell them the news. And what do we tell them?

simple….Your daughter is dead… because

YOU didn’t have a car seat.

YOU didn’t  keep her safe.

…I am tired!

I have been in this depressing and emotional career for 16 years… and I am so tired of seeing innocent little children dying because the very people who they trust, literally with their lives, FAIL them. And its always the same…

I drive safely    REALLY? What about the other idiots on the road

It wont happen to me: HMM: thats what thousands of distraught families thought before I tell them they killed their children.

so, I go home after this, walk into my daughters bedroom, and I gave her a big kiss on the forehead, I tell her that I love her so much, and  grateful she is in my life,  and thank God that I have a car seat, and that since the day she first left the hospital at birth, she sat in one… and NEVER has sat in the car without one. because, I love her, and I am responsible for her.

I only wish, that all these so-called parents out there take heed… IT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU!

So for the love of your creation, PLEASE, use car seats!

LPGA pro in the making…

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Family, golf
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Erin plays golf at school every week, as part of a development program to encourage coordination and the love of the game. Its not quite the same as we know it, as she is only 4, but the concept is the same.

The clubs are very light, with massive heads, soft balls and hoops as the holes…

But, at least she is getting into the game.

And this week, she came home with a trophy,

…as Player of the Week!…

Im so proud of my Erin…

So now, we have two trophies at home

…My team trophy and Hers…

WELL DONE MY GIRL.

On Saturday morning, I received a call that took me by surprise. I was told that this specific couple, after having dated for a considerable time, have decided to get married.

Shocking news?

Absolutely not…

What took me off balance was when the wedding was going to be..Which, as any photographer would ask, to book into the diary, meet the happy couple and make the usual arrangements…But noooooo, not this one!

“TOMORROW”… Im told. “Tomorrow?” i said…Are you sure. “yes” was the reply, “we woke up this  morning and decided, “We love each other so much, lets get married”

So, 24 hours later, a full wedding ceremony, reception, EVERYTHING was arranged and went off without a hitch.

WOW.

                                                                                                                                      a gorgeous  dress

                                                                           Even a cake was produced and delivered the next day

What I learnt from this amazing couple, and I feel sorry for ANY guy whose girlfriend and/fiancée reading this, is that you clearly don’t really need months to plan and arrange a wedding.

It can be done it just 24 hours!

A subject everyone avoids, and no-one like talking about, and especially be effected by it…But… Inevitable.

Yesterday was a particularly difficult day, as a friend and colleague was laid to rest.

And a Fireman’s funeral is particularly emotional.

I dedicate this poem…to Stan the Man!

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God…
Where ever flames may rage…
Give me the strength to save some life…
Whatever be its age…
Help me embrace a little child…
Before it is to late…
Or save an older person from…
The horror of that fate…
Enable me to be alert…
And hear the weakest shout…
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out…
I want to fill my calling and…
To give the best in me…
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property…
And if according to your will…
I have to give my life…
Please bless with your protecting hand…
MY CHILDREN AND MY WIFE

The fire burns hot!

Posted: May 1, 2011 in Firefighters, medical
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last night I responded to Battery factory that was on fire on the east rand of Johannesburg. When we arrived, it was in one section, and spread rapidly to the rest, completely gutting the entire factory and warehouse.

unfortunately, I didnt have my camera with me, but a  colleague did. Not a photographer himself, he gave me the camera to snap away, and snap away I did, after getting  a crash course on the camera. I use a Nikon, and this was with a Kodak.