want to add my name to the lengthy list of Los Angeles broadcasters
saddened by the death of KCBS photographer Larry Greene. Working
in the field as I do, I've worked side by side with Larry at
one time or another over the last 20 years. Nice, helpful, funny,
sincere -- a terrific shooter, a great guy and a real pro! Our
condolences to Larry's wife, 2 children, colleagues and friends.
Larry died in a helicopter accident Friday in the Middle
East. According to cbs2.com the chopper "crashed as it
was hovering over a Syrian freighter. Greene, 50, a KCBS cameraman
for 24 years, was aboard a Navy SH-60B Seahawk helicopter
when a rotor blade accidentally hit the mast of the ship,
sending the helicopter into the ocean, 80 miles off the Iranian
coast, according to Brig. Gen. John Rosa, the deputy operations
director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff." Four sailors
were injured. The cause is under investigation.
Greene and KCBS Investigative Reporter Randy Paige were in
the region covering U.S. servicemen serving in the Middle
East. Paige was on a guided missile cruiser some 200 yards
away from the Syrian vessel at time of the crash.
Here is the statement KCBS issued after learning of Larry's
"The entire KCBS family mourns the tragic passing of
our beloved friend and colleague Larry Greene. Over the course
of his 24 years with Channel 2, Larry established himself
as one of the best and most-honored photojournalists in the
In addition to being a consummate pro who loved taking on
the tough assignments, Larry had a special gift for enlightening
and frequently entertaining his colleagues. Our thoughts and
prayers are with Larry's wife and their two sons, as well
as the many people at Channel 2 and throughout the Southland
who considered Larry a dear 'friend.'"
--Don Corsini, President and GM, KCBS-TV