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Discovery of cherished photo becomes the story within a story

Karyn Czar

Thursday marks the sixth day of clean-up in several Kentucky towns hit by tornadoes last weekend. As Karyn Czar reports, families are trying to salvage what they can from the mounds of rubble left behind.

When journalists cover the news, we aren’t there to be a part of the story, but sometimes it just happens. I met Anita Black and her husband Greg, standing on top of a pile that used to be their home, the front completely blown out and only a few partial walls still stood. The couple raised their kids there and built a life for more than 31 years. Nearly everything is gone but they aren’t complaining. They say they’re lucky to be alive and everything could be replaced, except the pictures. That’s what they were looking for. That’s when I glanced down and saw the corner of something, I pulled up the boards and glass and slid out an 8X10 photo.

It was pulled from the frame and dirty, but amazingly the picture of the two smiling twins was intact. I handed it to Anita.

The Blacks say they don’t know if they will rebuild or start over somewhere else but their next stop is to the store to get a new frame.

Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.