Thhis week marks the one year anniversary of The Beast – the devastating wildfire that saw more than 80 thousand people evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area. Community gatherings were somber and low key on Wednesday and many remarked on the progress made in rebuilding the community. One of the many good news stories to rise from the ashes was of the young couple evacuated last year just as Monique Brunet was going into labor. Little Brielle Brunet was born the following day and the photo of her went viral as it was a reminder that something beautiful and positive could come from something so terrible.
The Brunet family wanted to take another photo of Brielle for her first birthday, whose birthday was May 4th. The idea is similar to the first photograph: Brielle, now bigger, sits in a helmet again and is being carried by her father, who wears a borrowed firefighter’s uniform.