Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Yesterday's Strong Street fire in Schenectady presented a gut-wrenching scene of failed rescues, lost children, and emotionally distraught relatives. You have to watch yourself at events like this, because not everyone appreciates that the working press is there to do a job, just like the police and firefighters. This was the case yesterday as Gazette photographer Meredith Kaiser was punched by a bystander while shooting at the fire. She was not reported to have suffered any serious injury. Remember: When you hold up that camera, you will sometimes go from being an observer to being a target.