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This morning employees and past employees stood vigil in front of Coney Island for the funeral procession of Russ Choka. I got there a half-hour early to make sure I didn't miss the moment, in case everything ran early.
The other media outlets also showed up early and we pooled information trying to figure out which way the procession would go down Main Street. We decided to stand across the street from Coney Island because the funeral Mass was at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and we thought the procession would come from the east.
Around 11:30 a.m. employees started to line up in front of Coney Island. Then, I heard one of the videographers say the procession was coming from the west and we all ran half-way across the street just in time to shoot the hearse going by. Then, I heard the employees from Coney Island say it was the wrong funeral procession, so we went back across the street and waited some more.
In the end, a police car pulled up and blocked west-bound traffic on Main Street so that Choka's funeral procession coming from the east could pass right in front of Coney Island. Again, we all ran half-way across the street to shoot the procession.
- Cathie Rowand, photojournalist