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Click here for a video and essay on the meaning of the fire, a decade later.
Read 100 obituaries, leave messages in the guest books.
I will honor the Station Family at Pecha Kucha, 8 p.m., Feb. 27, at Spot Providence. Please join us.
A best friend of someone who died in the Station fire ten years ago this month asked me: Why is The Providence Journal publishing a 12-day tenth-anniversary series, with dozens of stories, photos, video and extensive online features? Won't such coverage only cause more hurt?
These are valid questions.
The answer from me, one of the team of more than 20 writers, photographers, editors and others who have produced the series that started Sunday, Feb. 10, and runs through Thursday, Feb. 21, is first to acknowledge that some of our readers and viewers, perhaps many, will experience and re-experience painful emotions. By their very nature, anniversaries of loss prompt memory and reflection, regardless of whether the media is involved, but media unquestionably can magnify the emotional impact.
We therefore ensured that the The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals would arrange for crisis counselors who participated at the Family Center ten years ago to be available Monday through Friday through the month of February, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number is 401-403-4315. This information will appear every day of the print-edition series, and continually online.
But there had to be higher purpose to undertake what we have with such intensity. And there is. Two purposes, actually.
First and foremost, we honor the dead and their families and friends. We acknowledge the suffering of survivors. We offer everyone touched by the fire our good thoughts and prayers. We have offered this from the start the way we at The Journal do: with our coverage, which began on Feb. 21, 2003, and has continued into 2013 with literally thousands of stories. We have been sensitive, not sensationalistic.
Second, we must never forget. And a tenth-anniversary reflection has great power to remind, again.
We must never forget because this was a tragedy that could have been avoided. Many acts of commission and omission conspired to kill 100, injure more than 200, and affect thousands more, many of them forever. Every act was a conscious choice by people with responsibility to ensure safety.
The Providence Journal has examined each of these choices in detail over the last ten years, and we revisit them in this series. Sprinklers would have prevented this. The proper fire-proof sound insulation would have prevented this. If pyrotechnics had not been lit in a badly overcrowded building, there would have been no fire.
The Journal has always taken its public-service role seriously. Within that role, there is no higher charge than to help raise awareness of safety issues that can help save lives.
The Brazil nightclub fire last month demonstrates that the lessons of our fire have not been universally heeded. We are obligated to do what we can to help change that. And what we do is tell these stories.
So that is my answer to the question of why a 12-part series.
On a personal note, I have been involved in this story from the first day, as has just about every member of the Journal's Forged by Fire: Ten Years After team. I lost no one, thankfully. My experience is nothing like those directly affected. But The Journal's own involvement for ten years does give us special empathy.
As I ended my essay, reprinted below, we in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and beyond to one extent or another all live this fire still.
Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
-- Looking back, looking forward: A video.
-- A legacy of grief and questions: Day One series opener.
-- Timeline of a tragedy.
-- The $176 million settlement.
-- Recalling a night of pain and horror.
-- The Journal's 2003 Station Fire blog, from our archives.
-- Read 100 obituaries, leave messages in the guest books.
Monday, Feb. 11
-- Where are the surviving members of Great White?
-- Excerpt from Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
-- Station owners Derderian brothers silent on anniversary.
-- After prison, band manager Biechele rebuilding life in Florida.
-- Quiet, 'emotional' end for Station fire remnants.
-- Years in litigation, millions in settlement, but no trial.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
-- Medical teams met the challenge; everyone who got out survived.
-- Gallery: Medical community reflects on lessons learned.
Thursday, Feb. 14
-- Gina Russo almost died. But the fire, she says, changed her life for the better.
Friday, Feb. 15
-- Back from the brink: Stefanie Campopiano slowly regains the joy of life.
-- He still asks himself: 'what if': Paul Vanner, sound manager for the club.
-- Harvard Medical School study details psychological damage.
Saturday, Feb. 16
-- A father still seeks justice.
-- Toward a place of peace.
-- An imposing angel keeps watch.
-- A memorial in Warwick.
Sunday, Feb. 17
-- The amazing story of Joe Kinan, most severely burned survivor.
-- 'You don't cry about it': Video of Joe Kinan and Troy Pappas, whose hand he has.
-- Photo gallery of Joe Kinan and the late Troy Pappas, hand donor.
Monday, Feb. 18
-- 'A consecrated place': Coverage of the tenth anniversary service at the site.
-- Struggling to set some things straight: Foam salesman Barry Warner.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
-- Tragedy leads to tougher fire code.
-- He can't forget; others can't forgive fire inspector Larocque.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
-- The Darbys: Sustained by family and faith after husband, father dies in the fire.
-- Acey Longley, son of Ty, Great White guitarist lost in fire, runs charity in honor of Dad.
Thursday, Feb. 21
-- 'Last place that they were alive': Series ends after 12 days, three dozen parts.
Ten years ago:
March 2, 2003
-- The scene in Rhode Island, 11 days after the fire.
Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2003
-- Fatal Foam: Investigative series.