By now you may have heard about the Dayna Kempson Schacht video. After Dayna lost her life in a deadly car crash at the age of 23, her parents received video footage of the accident that was taken by a firefighter on scene.
How absolutely heart-breaking that this footage ended up in their inbox. Why was it even filmed in the first place? Even worse, the idea that this tragedy was being filmed, watched and distributed, is sickening.
Have people become that de-sensitized to tragedy? There was no respect for this young woman who died so tragically.
Jeff Kempson, Dayna’s father recalled the anguish he felt receiving that message. He said, “It was bad enough that we lost our daughter. And now to have to deal with something like this, it’s just beyond words.”
Dayna’s mother, Lucretia Kempson, added, “When I close my eyes, it’s not fair that that video is what I see of my daughter.” The footage was shot by a firefighter on scene and was sent to his colleauges. It ended up distributed and into the Kempson’s inbox.
What was revealed in the video? “There was no urgency to even check her to even see if she was still alive… that disturbed us very much,” Jeff Kempson said.
“I don’t know which is worse, seeing the video of my daughter because I didn’t want to see her that way, but hearing them that there was no urgency to see if she was ok, really upset us,” Lucretia said.
The firefighters on the scene were having a casual conversation, Jeff said. “There was noone saying, ‘let’s see if she’s okay, let’s see if she has a pulse’”.
The firefighters should have been focusing more on the victim herself and not shooting coverage!
So what has since happened to the firefighter who shot the footage? He has been suspended.
Watch the story on Today where the Kempson’s were interviewed.