In the early hours of December 26, 2014, a devastating house fire in rural Ohio took the lives of Ricky and Traci Harris’ three sons, Kenyon, 14, Broderick, 11, and Braylon, 9, as well as Ricky’s mother, Terri Harris, 60.
The boys had been spending the night at their grandmother’s house just two doors down from Ricky and Traci.
The fire destroyed the home, leaving behind about 300 charred and water-damaged photographs discovered in a plastic tub.
Ricky’s high school friend, Michael Emmons, a doctoral student at the Winterthur/University of Delaware in art conservation, learned about the photos during a visit with the grieving parents. He decided he wanted to help.
Emmons arranged for the photos to be delivered to his school where graduate students could work on restoring the images.
"I know there is nothing that can replace holding your family member and seeing them again. To be able to at least have photographs and to be able to see the photographs and remember through pictures IRead More »from Graduate students restore family's photos after three boys, grandmother killed in house fire