Pfc Shane M. Reifert

Pfc Shane M. Reifert
Shane during a sweep of the Shuryak Valley, approximately 3 weeks before he was killed. Photo Credit: PFC Sean Stromback

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reporters, the Media, Articles on Shane

Reporters are an interesting breed. One of my close friends is a former reporter and an incredibly kind, even-keeled individual, but I've been learning over the past few days that there are other types of reporters. In the 24-hour news cycle we live in, I can appreciate the need to push stories out. But bothering my extended family because papers are impatient to get a story out while we were in Delaware seemed offensive. One reporter whose call I was returning impatiently asked, "Who are you, again?" She did not get comments from me or my family. 

The Times Herald initially had an article written by Liz Shepard that did a great disservice to Shane and my family. However, yesterday I had the privilege of speaking with Crystal Garcia. She was very kind and did not mince any of my words in her beautiful article, which is linked to below. I think that her article captures the spirit of Shane and that he would have approved. 

Click "read more" for The Times Herald Link and another link to a Fox 2 News report.

Reporter Doug McKenzie at Fox 2 News has also been a wonderful person to deal with during this difficult time. Fox 2 did a great story, with an interview from one of Shane's former history teachers, Stephanie Gill. Her words touched my family very deeply, and I don't think that anyone could have done a better job. See the link below if you would like to see the interview.

Soldier from Saint Clair County Killed 

Fox 2 is coming to the house this evening to interview our family. It's going to be difficult, I'm sure, but my mom, dad, and I all feel that it's important to make sure everyone is aware that men like my brother are willing to live and die for our country and for one another. And also that Shane's brothers are still fighting and that we would like to help them as much as we can.

1 comment:

  1. I graduated with Shane and can not believe that he is gone. I will always remember his sarcasm and unique sense of humor. I know that he died do something that he felt strongly about and loved, and I only hope that we all can be so lucky when our last day comes.