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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —
Telegram photographer Joe Gibbons has once again been recognized internationally for his work.
The 32-year veteran received an honourable mention at the 2019 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) media awards contest for one of his photos taken last year.
The contest — which recognizes affiliates, members and professional journalists and photographers in Canada and the United States — had more than 250 entries submitted in 13 categories, including communications, reporting, photography, social media and public relations.
Gibbons received the honour in the newspaper, magazine, website or trade publication category.
The winner in that category was an entry from the Enterprise of Brockton in Brockton, Mass. Tied for second place were entries from Toronto and Seattle, while the other honourable mentions came from Pawtucket, R.I., and Philadelphia.
“To be recognized from hundreds of entries across North America is truly an honour,” Gibbons said.
Gibbons’ photo was taken on a rainy afternoon, Oct. 25, 2018, following a collision on the Outer Ring Road. He captured St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters comforting a City of St. John’s garbage truck driver after a collision with a large cargo truck. Other firefighters and Eastern Health paramedics worked to extricate the driver.
“I can still recall the driver of the garbage truck screaming in pain,” said Gibbons, who shares the award with his son, RNC Const. Michael Hunt, one of the first officers on the scene that day. “Luckily, it was a happy end and they were successful in getting him out.”
The award will be presented to Gibbons at a later date by local IAFF union president Craig Smith and executive members of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, Local 1075, International Association of Fire Fighters.
It is the third time Gibbons has received an IAFF media awards honourable mention. His two previous honourable mentions were in 2009 and 2015.