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2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards Finalists


Date Aired or Published Aug. 7, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: Telegraph-Journal
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On August 6 2013 there was a call heard on the scanner in the newsroom for Saint John police assistance for a prison break on the Black River Road. Photographer Cindy Wilson raced over to the jail where there was no action to be seen so she started patrolling the area, trying to locate the police and correctional officers. A short distance from the jail she noticed a pair of sneakera left near a guardrail, parked the car and started out on foot. The sneakers looked prison issue, no laces, and there was blood on them. After descending down a steep rocky hill and into the thick brush she meet up with a police officer who ordered her back a short distance away, but at least she was confident she was in the right spot. She took several shots of the officers as they searched the wooded area and stream. After about 30 minutes passed the officers started running towards a location in a nearby industrial area. Ms. Wilson ran with them. They came to a back of a parking lot where other officers had the prisoner captured on the ground. The guards tried to block her from taking photos, but Ms. Wilson through diplomacy and persistence captured the arrest as well as the medical attention he needed for climbing the razor wire. This image of Bradley Saia being put on a gurney and taken to hospital for the wounds he sustained captured that moment: his bloody and bruised body, the handcuffs clearly visible, surround by police and corrections officers as well as paramedics. He and his twin brother Brandon were to be sentenced for their roles in a fatal home invasion the next day.

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