News photographer captures new meaning of life | News
ATLANTA -- "I always enjoyed cameras," says TV news photographer Jimmy Moore.
"I always liked the breaking news part," he recalls.
On August 8, last year, Jimmy was assigned to cover county council in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina. And while driving on Interstate 85, that day, he remembers, "You could see where some cars had slammed on the brakes."
"A spare tire had come off the bottom of a guys' truck and as soon as it got to my car it decided to take a left turn."
Jimmy swerved to avoid the tire, hitting the median, bouncing back into traffic and flipping.
"I remember coming to a stop and hearing the commotion of the cars behind me and I couldn't feel anything."
That collision, nine months ago, left Jimmy paralyzed from the shoulders down, a quadraplegic.
For this independent self-described antsy man nothing is easy, anymore.
Getting out of bed is a three person job that involves two nurses using a pulley system with a harness to transfer him from the bed to his chair.
Jaimie Reda was a news producer at Jimmy's station WSPA TV in Greenville/Spartanburg. "There's something about seeing a guy who's good at what he does and seeing him in action. And how passionate he was about news."
Two months before the crash Jaimie and Jimmy were married.
"Once you get past the initial shock of it your focus becomes laser sharp in that you need to be there for him."
Their dreams for their life together, of children, of freedom and spontaneity, have been tucked away, replaced by the immediate, unending demands of a life neither one expected.
Jimmy says, "I'm not the only one who had a life changing event. She's going through it also."
Jimmy has thrown himself into his rehabilitation at The Shepherd Center. "There's no sense in looking back. You cannot control anything that happened. Just look forward to the future."
Jaimie says, "a lot of people came to him for a lot of little things and big things and he'd always have an answer for them."
He still has an answer, even for his random tragedy. He says, "Maybe it was time to start over. Start over with another life."
But it's a life that has put unimaginable stress on a new marriage, forcing this couple into separate beds, crowding their life with nurses around the clock and the intimacy once taken for granted is difficult.
Jaimie confesses, "Sometimes I just need a hug. In some cases I think I pick up his arms and put them around me just so I can get the embrace."
Their one year anniversary is a few weeks away.
Jaimie says, "It feels like it's been much longer than a year, doesn't it?" She looks over at Jimmy and after several seconds of silence they both smile. "I want to know how many other couples have experienced what we've experienced in the first year of marriage!" she says.
That's why when things get too dark, Jimmy offers comic relief. "I'm hot, why would she ever want to leave me? I think we're together for a reason. We make a pretty good team."
Jimmy and Jaimie still have a story to tell --- their own.