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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant narrates ESPN piece on iconic Oklahoman photo from Moore tornado

“A Lasting Image” will air on “Outside the Lines” and “SportsCenter” on Sunday. The photo, taken by Paul Hellstern, shows first responder Jim Routon hugging his 7-year-old neighbor Hezekiah Darbon at Briarwood Elementary school on May 20 after a tornado destroyed the school.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 15, 2014

The nine-minute piece, “A Lasting Image,” will air on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” 8 a.m. Sunday, and also Sunday on “SportsCenter,” including 9 a.m.

The piece provides the back story of the photo with Routon and Hezekiah, who are friends and neighbors and what happened that day. Hezekiah plays youth football, and sports is part of the bond between the families.

Hellstern told ESPN, “I think almost without a doubt this is the most impactful photo that I have taken. They had this bond, and that bond was made even stronger after the tornado.”

Waynel Mayes, Hezekiah’s teacher at Briarwood: “The walls had fallen down on us. We could just smell gas, and I thought that was how we might go.”

Hezekiah’s father, Joseph Darbon: “It looked like a war zone. I almost lost hope when I got there, I couldn’t believe how anybody would’ve survived that.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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