Video Shot by Ga. Firefighter Angers Crash Victim's Family

A Spalding County firefighter responding to a fatal car crash recorded a video of the victim's body with his personal cell phone and shared it with other people, according to WAGA-TV.

Crews responded to the crash on Highway 19-41 outside of Griffin just before midnight on July 17 in which Dayna Kempson-Schacht died on impact.

Two and a half months after his daughter's death, Jeff Kempson received a text message about a video taken by cell phone.

The 30-second-long video includes close images of the crash and shots of Schacht's dead body.

"It was bad enough that we lost our daughter. And now to have to deal with something like this, it's just beyond words," Kempson told the station.

Spalding Fire Chief Kenneth West would not comment at the request of the county attorney, but the sheriff's department told the station that the firefighter who took the initial video first shared it with others in the fire department.

Another firefighter then shared the video with patrons at a local bar and from there, the video spread, according to the report.

"How could someone, first of all, take the video? And second of all, how could they show it and discuss it?" Kempson said.

Schacht's family says their daughter has been disrespected and victimized.

"When I close my eyes, it's not fair that that video is what I see of my daughter," her mother, Lucreta Kempson, told the station.

While investigators don't believe recording the video or sharing it broke any laws, the county is looking into any possible policy violations.

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