SANTA ROSA, Calif. - People have lost so much during these devastating wine country wildfires, but Kasey Girard of Windsor hopes that one family can get something back: A film strip showing two young children playing in a green plastic pool on a lawn, a young boy in a striped shirt and a buck-naked girl wearing a sun cap.
The 31-year-old mother of three - with her fourth on the way - found the negatives (yes, negatives) with a slightly burned hole in the right corner on Friday about 10:45 a.m. near her parent's Santa Rosa home at Wright Street and 14th Avenue. She was shocked. Not only hadn't she seen negatives in "forever," but the moment she saw the photos, she said her "heart sank."
"The first thing I thought is, 'Oh my God,'" she said Monday. "This is probably from a photo album and could potentially be the only thing this family has left.'"
She shared the photo on her Facebook page, but is hoping that more people will look at the children and figure out who their loved ones are who lost the film strip.
Girard herself knows she would want the photos back. She is at home caring for Parker, 13, Mason, 11 and Mateo, 20 months and waiting for baby Marcos, to arrive. As she was talking to KTVU on Monday, she was 2 centimeters dilated.
As for her husband, Nate Girard, well, let's just say he's busy, too. He's a Berkeley firefighter on the front lines.
And he was supposed to be dispatched on the Berkeley engine sent up to help fight the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 9, where one firefighter captured dramatic video of the blaze in its early fury.
But she begged him not to. She needed him close in case the baby came.
Now, she'd just really like to connect the family with the lost photos. "Who knows?" she asked. "This might be the only picture they have."
If know who the photo belongs to, please message Girard through messenger on Facebook.