For most folks, using their cameras at a funeral is the furthest thing in their minds.
When you work in the news business, covering a funeral is without question everyone’s least favorite assignment.
It matters not who the deceased is. Whether it’s a former president, a beloved community leader, a firefighter or police officer.
I was always caught between wanting to be there as a participant in mourning if it was someone I knew and being there and working to document the event for those unable to attend.
The city of Riverside recently lost one of it’s police officers, Ryan Bonaminio. The details are in this Los Angeles Times news story.
Access is always the number 1 battle.
In the case of Riverside Police officer Ryan Bonaminio’s funeral, thousands were expected. So the logistics of having to be at 2 different locations is daunting.
Needless to say it is impossible to be at the church and then beat the crowd to where this hero was to be interned at the Riverside National Cemetery?
You can see where this is headed, can’t you?
All it takes is for one overzealous videographer/photographer to disregard the guidelines of where they can be and then all bets are off and all hell breaks loose.
Thanks to Officer Greg Matthews for sharing his very poignant and wonderful images from this Tuesday’s funeral.
Officer Bonaminio, I thank you for your service to our country and our community.