Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 31, 1970 · Page 10
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 10

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, December 31, 1970
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Evening Telegraph Thursday, Dec. 31, 1970 Violence is his job STANDARD OIL CO. had tliis fire in one of its settling basins last July. It was 2:30 a.m. when Hayes shot this, showing tornadic structure . of smoke and flames. THIS shot was taken of Sen. Ralph Smith at Granite City in October, where Smith "threw away" h i s prepared speech and talked to his hometown friends. Hayes catches the senator as tears start. Besides his violence shots, Hayes covers numerous routine assignments. IN OCTOBER, this truck was struck by Ira in on Rte. 3 near Eastgate Shopping" Center. To get this angle, Hayes climbed to top of boom on wrecker, balanced himself while snapping pictures. ARMED only with a camera and using a utility pole for protection, Hayes took photo (right) of woman beinj; subdued by police at her I-Jast Alton h o in e last July. Hayes took a series of these shots and H won for him a statewide first- place award from the Associated Press. If the Telegraph can be said to have a "shock troop" it would have to be one of its staff photographers, Don Hayes, whose ability to be the first newsman on the scene of violence is uncanny. Hayes, 34, has contacts, by radio and otherwise, that can send him groping out of bed at 3 o'clock in the morning and on his way to disaster, real oY potential. He has seen death in almost all its forms. A mild natured man, a father of four children, living in a typical ranch house in the North Rodgers area of Alton, Hayes has built a protective shield between him and the grim scenes he is called upon to photograph hundreds of times in a year. His grim work has taught him safety. He never fails to use seat belts in his car and he drives at slow speeds. His work of getting to the scene when the action is still in progress is so repetitive that people tend to take his action pictures for granted. Occasionally though, there are reminders. At a photo seminar in St. Louis a year ago that drew photo editors from all over the Midwest. the most repeated comment of visiting editors in looking over copies of the Telegraph was, "How do we get our photographers on the scene so fast and so often." It is only then that people who work with Hayes are reminded that he .has this special ability to get there first. On this page are samplings of his work in the past year. It was a big year for Hayes. He won two first place awards in a statewide Associated Press competition. One was a series of photos showing a woman holding off police at rifle point and eventually being subdued. The other was a shot of firemen trying to revive Mrs. Doreen Young after a tragic fire at her Brown street home. A reprint of one of the shots in the series prize winner is on this page. The photo of Mrs. Young is not carried because the fire occurred in November, 1969.—ELMER BROZ DON HAYES AT WORK GETTING body out is the gruesome job going on here. This was a two- car crasli in which four died north of Godfrey earlier this month. Hayes goes to 30 or 40 such violent crashes in a year. Photo was taken at 1:30 .ajm. FIREMEN take on huge job of battling Piasa Harbor fire last January, in which 32 pleasure craft were destroyed. One. of Hayes' fire pictures, showing firemen reviving a smoke inhalation victim in November, 1196!), was another top award winner in the Associated Press statewide contest.

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