In March 2014, we volunteered to photo document the SR 530 landslide disaster response effort in Oso, Washington.
We spent 6-days on the frontlines of the slide, 6-days that felt like 6-years. Here, in our own backyard, as in the rest of the country, we experienced humanity at its very best, amid some of the worst circumstances imaginable.
In Oso we saw world-class crisis leadership practiced at its finest. We witnessed the unwavering courage of rescue canines and the self-sacrificing bravery of local volunteers. We ventured through the mudslide debris pile, a thick, primordial soup of mud, shattered homes, uprooted trees, leaking propane tanks and managled vehicles in search of missing people and pets. We stood quietly at attention and watched a grandfather identify the remains his 4-month old grandchild; a moment forever seared into our collective memories.