Only two seconds away

At 4: 15 p.m. on July 22, 1975, a fire broke out in an apartment on marlborough Avenue in Boston, USA. A young woman and a girl were trapped on the safety exit on the top floor, only 3 meters away from the blaze. Firefighter Bob O ‘Neill soon appeared on the roof. The veteran firefighter, who had served for 25 years, stood behind the trapped and blocked the flames with his body.

Stanley Forman quickly climbed to the base of the ladder fire truck to take rescue photos. After hearing the fire alarm, he ran towards the fire scene and adjusted the aperture and shutter of his two cameras. The base is 10 feet above the ground and very close to the safety exit. Forman is a photographer for the Boston herald American newspaper. the journalist, who is eager to ” get the story” at any time, keeps photographic equipment beside him even when he sleeps.

Foreman watched closely with the camera and did not expect a heartbreaking scene. He recalled, ” It was the first time I forced myself to press the shutter.”

As O ‘Neill reached for the descending ladder, the safety exit platform suddenly collapsed! All three fell! O ‘Neill grabbed the ladder like a monkey and hung it in the air. The woman fell to her death on the spot, but the child miraculously survived. When people carried the mother’s body out of the yard, O ‘Neill lamented again and again: ” Only two seconds, only two seconds!”

Forman was greatly shocked. He hurried to the newspaper office and said to the boss, ” If you don’t publish these photos, I won’t come tomorrow and never will.” The photo was finally placed in the advertisement column.

People in Boston were enraged and urged the authorities to take measures to overhaul these unsafe fire fighting equipment and equipment. The Boston government has overhauled buildings throughout the city within 24 hours to ensure the safety of people’s lives.

Forman’s photo also caused great controversy. The newspaper received 250 torn newspapers, denouncing it as ” cheap news” and considering it immoral to expose a person’s moment of death. However, some readers think that this is a face-up to the fragile nature of life, and the debate has not stopped until today. In 1976, 30 – year – old Forman won the Pulitzer Prize for this set of fire photos. A year later, he won the second Pulitzer Prize in the anti-trans-regional student transportation parade in Boston. In 1979, he and all the photographers of the newspaper won this honor for the third time for the special topic ” snowstorm 1978″.