Bill Strothman, 62, an award winning photojournalist and videographer has been named by KOMO News, as one of the men killed in this morning’s helicopter crash in downtown Seattle. The other man killed was pilot, Gary Fitzner.
Here’s what you need to know about Bill Strothman:
1. Strothman Was Highly Decorated
He was the winner of thirteen regional Emmy awards. In 1990, he was selected as the Regional Television Photographer of the Year. As well as a “Best of the West” award for documentary production.
Bill is one of my favorite video photographers to work with. And he’s the very best at crafting a story. I’m always learning from him. He’s the nicest guy, and has the highest integrity and sense of values. When we work together on video projects, I always know I have a strong partner who will contribute immensely to the final product and that we’ll end up a happy client.
Gary Pfitzner, 59, was the helicopter pilot and second fatality in the KOMO news helicopter crash at the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.Click here to read more
2. His Son Worked With Him
3. After Leaving KOMO, He Founded His Own Company
He had his own production company, Glass Mountain Video Productions, that he founded in 2008. According to his Facebook page, Strothman “worked for KOMO for 28 years. Left in 2008 to go freelance.”
On the official website for Glass Mountain Productions, it says:
Bill often teams up with his wife Nora, a former radio journalist and one of the first women to head a broadcast news department in the state of Oregon. Nora provides script and production support as well as voice over talent.
On Strothman’s LinkedIn page, he describes Glass Mountain as a “Seattle based, full service broadcast quality high definition video production company. We serve corporate, non profit and broadcast clients.”
As one of his freelance gigs, Strothman worked for Helicopters Inc. since January 2008. He says on his LinkedIn that he usually flies in a Bell 407 helicopter and uses a “FLIR Ultra Media stabilized camera system.”
4. Strothman Was an Economics Major in College
He was a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Economics and Communications as part of the class of 1974. Strothman graduated from Shoreline High School in Shoreline, Washington in 1970.
5. One Man Who Knew Strothman Called Him a ‘Great Man With a Greater Eye’
Thoughts and prayers to family of Bill Strothman, photographer killed in KOMO helicopter crash today. pic.twitter.com/TBFQil4gJ9
— Eric Wilkinson (@EricWilkinson) March 18, 2014
His death has resulted in an outpouring of emotion on Twitter from his former co-workers:
— Lindsay Cohen (@lindsaycohen) March 18, 2014
So many fond memories Bill Strothman. So many adventures. Our hearts break more than words can express. pic.twitter.com/0JJLEnCGXU
— Connie Thompson (@ConnieKOMO) March 18, 2014
RIP Bill Strothman, now one of two confirmed killed in news helicopter crash. I met Bill in December. Great eye, greater man.
— Chris Casquejo (@ChrisCasquejo) March 18, 2014
In Seattle, Washington, right near the Space Needle, a KOMO news helicopter crashed and at least two are dead. You can see the videos here.Click here to read more