Q: I have to say that I am truly disappointed in WFAA s coverage of Lt. Todd Krodle's funeral on August 19. Your coverage was all of 1 minute if even that. Nothing was said about the firemen who traveled as far as New York to as close as Fort Worth; with so much sad news in this world, it would have been great to hear how so many paid respect. Did you even acknowledge the 100-150 engines, trucks, ambulances, brush trucks, chief cars, etc., from all over the nation? The outpouring of support for this family was breathtaking and it is a shame that your report didn't show it. Shame on you!
A: Thank you for your email; we regret to hear of your disappointment. I believe we broke into programming with coverage, and also produced numerous stories about the tragic death. One in particular was about the more than 100 firefighters in other cites stepping up to cover shifts so that DPD personnel could be in Greenville for Lt. Krodle s services. We also reported that there were fire department personnel from others areas in Texas and around the country among the estimated 2,000 attending the services at the Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville. In the helicopter shots we saw the massive American flag, and the various equipment and commented on it during the live shot. There is always a fine line when it comes to covering something like Lt. Krodle s services insofar as being respectful and intrusive. We believe we were the former. Thank you again for your sensitivity, and taking the time to write.
(Editor s Note: We heard from Natalie again. She wrote: I owe you an apology. I attended the funeral of Lt. Krodle and was not able to see the live footage. The coverage of the funeral I was able to see was during the 10:00 p.m. news. I understand the media walking the fine line of getting the story and respectful journalism. As a DFD wife, I thought it breathtaking to see the numerous departments there for support for the Krodle family. I thank you for your response and again, please accept my apology. )