Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas
Lt. Ambelas, assigned to Ladder 119, was killed fighting Â a high-rise fire in Williamsburg.
His death barely makes the front page of the New York Times, effectively buried as a footnote.
In the “New York/Region” section where you would surely expect greater notice it is the ninth story down under “More News in the Region”.
More news, indeed.
Among those eight stories above Ambelas’s death on behalf of New Yorkers is:
– The loss of a coffee shop and its home fries
– How the owner of a nail salon spends her time off
– Why Jamaica, Queens is named Jamaica.
For the Times his death is a non-event where the loss of fried potatoes takes precedence.
Was the Times so short staffed last night that they could not make a few phone calls or arrange to bump the story up on the web site?
Or is the death of a “public servant” in New York so boringly commonplace that he got what he deserved?
How We Treat It
When someone dies, especially heroically and on behalf of others, there is the death itself, but there is also the issue of how we treat it.
They are two distinct events.
His death is an immutable fact; how we treat it is a statement of our collective character.
The New York Times coverage of the passing of Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas is disgraceful.