Oklahoma City Bombing [1995]

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The image of firefighter Chris Fields holding the dying infant Baylee Almon won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1996.Two people, Lester LaRue and Charles Porter, standing just three feet apart took almost the same image yet it was Charles Porter’s image that won the Pulitzer.

At 9:02, on April 19, 1995, Gulf War vet, Timothy McVeigh detonated 4,800 lbs of fertilizer and fuel oil. The resulting blast destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal government Building and killed 168 people. The bombing, largest act of domestic terrorism, in America, shattered pre-911 America’s innocence.

As the fires raged rescue services and bystanders rushed to pull victims out of the twisted wreckage. Sifting through the rubble police officer, Sgt. John Avera found a small half buried body. Shouting. “I have a critical infant! I have a critical infant!” he thrust the, 1-year-old Baylee Almon into the arms of nearby firefighter Oklahoma City fire Capt. Chris Fields.

Oklahoma City Bombing [1995]

Photographer: Charles Porter
Source: oklahomacitybombing.com

49 thoughts on “Oklahoma City Bombing [1995]

  1. Maybe I haven’t seen a lot of the world because I’m ‘just’ 12. But anyway I must say that this picture is the most amazing and meaningful photo I have ever seen in my life. Perhaps it is unimaginble to put hisself in the position of the man but when I try to do it I feel so sad because I have the feeling that the world want to hide how brutal we people can be. But this photo should open our eyes and let us hopefully think about doing or best to make the world a harmonious world. (I hope my grammatik and spelling mistakes are excused because I’m from Germany and I have English just since three years. But I hope you can understand what I’m trying to say.)

  2. Though we didn’t know each other, Baylee Almon and I were the same age in 1995 on the day this happened. I was only a few months older than her. I was born in Norman, OK but lived in Oklahoma City until about 1996. She would’ve been 17 this past month. God bless her soul and God bless her family.

  3. i visited the memorial and just want to tell yooh that yooh will be miss alot and becaus the gay that killed yooh will die and go to hill

  4. I went to the memorial with my school, well the whole middle school and some people wern’t taking it seriously and i thought that they were stupid but i did take it seriously. Me and my friends were almost crying.

  5. This picture was on the front page of ever newspaper/magazine after the bombing. I seen an interview with the child’s mother & she said she doesn’t think people realize that, the child was someones baby and now they have to see it plastered all over everything. I feel for this mother and I hate looking at this photo now!

  6. I visited the Memorial this past weekend. I can’t explain the feeling I left with. The first tears fell when I saw the wall where one of the rescue teams had left the message “We search for the truth. We seek justice….” and didn’t stop until way after leaving. It was all so surreal. Going into that room and listening to the recording of the meeting and hearing the actual explosion….I still get goosebumps just thinking of it. And this picture of that precious baby Baylee…I just can’t wrap my brain around “Why?”. My heart goes out to all of the victims, survivors and family of all! It truely saddens me that I can’t, for the life of me, remember where I was that day. I will definately be taking my kids to see this when they are old enough to understand.

  7. While most people look at the photo and see the child and think of her, let’s remember how helpless she and the firefighter carrying her actually were, neither did anything to deserve the events of that day.

    p.s. Baylee, i agree you have a beautiful name but be careful posting your full name on the internet, it can be dangerous.

  8. Dear people of the bombing I am only 10yrs old and trying to say I know a lot of you are hurting bad so think of good times you had with the dead.

  9. Hey ppl. yeah i looked at this very depressing picture because that porr little girl that died, Baylee, i was named after her!!! it seems a few ppl were named after her but i am glad my name is Baylee. im proud of it! and as you know it happened in 1995 and that was the year i was born. in fact …it was a couple months before i was born!!! and im 12 now so yeah……just thot i would share that with the world!!!

  10. A fellow coworker of mine said when she saw the firefighter and baby she was very saddened and told her mother if I ever have a daughter I’m going to name her Baylee in tribute to that precious little soul that was lost on that day. She now has a daughter and her name is Baylee.

  11. this was a sad day looking at these pictures has brought tears to my eyes..especially the pictres with the dead children…i no i was only a few months when this happened but now looking back at this i am apalled that someone could be so cold and have no heart too hurt poor innocent people these people did not deserve what has happened to them and i feel so bad for the families that were hurt!

  12. AND YES THE BABY DIED A FEW MINS LATER. I REMEMBER I WAS SIX YEARS OLD AND WHEN YOUR AT THAT AGE THINGS LIKE THAT DONT MEAN ANYTHING BUT YOU KNOW THAT DAY OPENED MY EYES AND EVEN IF I WAS JUST A LITTLE KID THATS SOMETHING ALWAYS I WILL HOLD WITH ME FOREVER AND I HOPE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES BECAUSE IT SURE AS HELL MEANS SOMETHING TO ME

  13. i was 4 and my sister was 3, my sister had a ear sugrey and at the time my dad didnt know what was going cause all the doctors ran out. I really didnt know what happend cuser i was 4 so its pritty sad now that i think about it!

  14. This picture has touched me. I have a one year old niece and this almost made me want to cry,but I can’t do that cuz I’m in my Journalism class. My condolences go out to her family.

  15. this picture is so sad and it makes me want to cry just to see a baby suffer like that it kills me this is a very powerfull pic its horrofing so i dont know poor innocaent people they always end up paying the mistakes that some other stupid peoople do poor little angel

  16. This is a very powerful and touching picture. I was in labor that day. So when my daughter was coming into the world so many people lost theirs. I think of all the children that was loss in the bombing on my daughter birthday every year. God Bless You All that Loss Someone that DAY.

  17. I remember this horrific day, being a mother of four I can only begine to imagine the pain suffered by the families who lost loved ones . I pray that we will never have another Mc Veigh in this world.

  18. not really much to say, its all so real to me, i was less than 1 mile away when the bomb we off, its a feeling that went through my body that not many people will ever know, it did some damage to my building i was in, i thought about going there to help, but im glad i didnt, the picture your seeing now, is only 1 of many horrible sites seen by many, this whole expierence will be in my heart and thought 4 ever……i love OKC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. I was in the front page, scrolling around from the Afghan girl, to Einstein sticking out his tongue, to the Bliss wallpaper, and then I saw this.

    You know when people write this brings tears to their eyes?

    It’s not just for saying, because it’s PC.

    It happened to me.

  20. Some People Only Dream About Angels, Capt. Chris Fields Held One In His Arms.

    Miss Baylee, your memory lives on baby, you have become a part of who we are in this country, you remind us of what is really important.
    Capt. Chris Fields, you are a hero, your compassion reminds us that we are Americans, this is who we are, we love, we care, we feel.
    We will never forget.

  21. This is sad I cried the first time I say the site I hope they find the guy that did this,
    this makes me feel like we can’t protect our kids and families. Everytime I think about this bombing I want to cry because it makes me fear that this can happen
    any other time once again it happened again but different situatian it was an airplane that caused 9/11 it was sad to but I just wonder what made them so mad that they just had to kill parents of kids or kids so the families can suffer.My feelings for this/these person/people that did this makes me wish that they died instead of the kids and others….Sorry to all the families who lost there loved ones and I want you to know that you can e-mail me if you need to talk I understand how you feel about losing your loved ones I’ll be here if you need me…

  22. I was so moved by this photo all those years ago, that i prayed to God that if he ever gave me another Daughter, i would honor this child’s life by naming her Baylee. I received that blessing nearly 8 years ago. Baylee Almon would be as old as my oldest daughter now, i often think of she might be like now.

  23. my b-day is august 14 i was born in 1995 my name was made by your loss baylee almon wilson im 12 and love my name thank you for everey thing love baylee almon wilson

  24. misses jen my name is also baylee almon my mothers name is diane she loves my name and tells the story often abot it i love waht you have said ti withholds a grate amont of trouth i have respect for you and baylee almons mother i wishd i cuold have her number to talk to her!

  25. woweeee in anser to your coment i say yes the los was big and the sadnes comes to even this day sencerley baylee almon wilson

  26. hi my name is baylee almon wilson you had talked to my mom for abot a year im 12 now at 1st i didnt like my name but then i took a look at this stuf and wanted to cry from how rooooooooooood! i was being i love name now in honer to baylee almon you may not look at this site for all the bad memoreys but i hope you look so i can have contact with you my name i wood not have this wonderfull name if hadnt ben for your loss secerley baylee almon wilson

  27. I REMEMBER THE DAY I WAS AT THE BOMING BUILDING IN OKLAHOMA I THOUGHT IT WAS COOL BUT IT WAS A VERY SAD THIN GTO ME I LERNED ALOT OF STUFF THERE WITH MY FAMILY WE ALL CRIED ARE EYES OUT I T WAS A SAD MOMENT??
    :( P.S Britt ……

  28. This is one of the saddest photos. But it also is great because of all of the background and then it is as the firefighter can’t help but continue to hold on to the tiny infant.

  29. … it is not the point that she died. It is that this man went into a dangerous situation and pulled her out not knowing if she was dead or alive. I do recall this day very .. I was pregnant with my 1st and only daughter who now carries this same name as this little girl. Bailey Almond lives on and so does her memory and the memories of the others. A magazine with this picture was sitting in the waiting room and that is how my Baylee-Anne came to get her name. Out of RESPECT and compasion. This is a touching photo and one that is painful to see. Bailey Almond is some one who through this picture lives on as each day someone tells me or my 12 year old daughter how pretty her name is she tells this same story of how her name came to be…

  30. Very touching photo…I cannot even imagine the agony that must be going through that firefighter’s mind…and not to mention everyone who was involved that day.

  31. I REMEMBER THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING VERY WELL; A GUY,TED ALLAN,THAT I GRADUATED WITH IN HIGH SCHOOL DIED IN THE BOMBING. THAT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME.

  32. There are few photos in the world that show how horrific an event was with one shot, that speak to people more than any other photo. This happens to be one of them. Seeing the small child being carried by the Fire Fighter reaches out to us more than any other photo of that time.

  33. This photo is poignant because it sets up a Hollywood expectation – that the child has been saved. But as soon as you know the child is actually dead – well you see it with different eyes.

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