In the Line of Duty | Documentary Idea

by Jason Fink
(La Vista, Nebraska, USA)

This is from the house burn Bill and I were teamed up on.

This is from the house burn Bill and I were teamed up on.

My documentary idea is about an important topic. Its about our everyday heroes lost in the line of duty. Both police and firefighters.

I was a volunteer firefighter/emt for 5 years. I had been looking for a documentary idea for the longest time and something told me this was the best one, coming after Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco was killed in the line of duty. It could also include those military members that were killed in the line of duty. I have many friends in both law enforcement and the fire departments.

Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated. I am looking for a good angle.

Some of my film making friends say to take it towards one either police or fire. I think both would be a good idea.

I know of a local volunteer firefighter/emt that lost his life in Afghanistan. He was a good friend of mine, and we were on a training house burn together, and the fire flashed a little bit, melted his face shield on his helmet a little, but he was one of the reasons why I was working on going back into the military.
Unfortunately due to my being diagnosed with diabetes, I was not able to go back into the military. It was a sad day when I found out he had been killed in Afghanistan. I know I would include some footage/info on him.

There are many other stories I could include in this video, most of it would be local police/fire/military members who lost their lives. So if you have any thoughts or comments, they would be greatly appreciated.

This is a project that is near and dear to my heart.

I am thinking of Kerrie Orozco, Jason Pratt, Jimmy Wilson Bill Bailey from Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department. If anyone else knows of anyone who should be included, please get in touch with me as well.

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Dec 07, 2016
interesting idea
by: Anonymous

interesting idea

Oct 12, 2015
Sounds interesting
by: Jack

Hi Jason,

Sounds like you've got an interesting topic here for a documentary. I am a filmmaker based in the UK and am looking for a topic to make a documentary on. This certainly sounds like you could tell an emotional story. Please would you be able to give me your email and we could talk in more detail about this?

Many thanks,


Sep 18, 2015

by: Faith

Hi Jason, wonderful idea! This almost sounds like a web series instead of a documentary. What you can do is create a series of mini-documentaries, each focusing on one person/hero. This will become your YouTube channel to focus on these important men and women.

As inspiration, check out Ondi Timoner's web series on tech entrepreneurs "A Total Disruption". Ondi is a well-known documentary filmmaker and chose this method to highlight innovators who are using technology to transform society.

A Total Disruption YouTube Channel

Good luck!

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