According to Jeff Kempson, he and his wife are now haunted by what they viewed and heard in this video.
“They (firefighters) make reference to there being a portion of her skull on the console,” he said. “They then scanned up her torso and that’s when you see the most graphic part of the video.”
Jeff and Lucretia Kempson say no parent should ever have to experience what they have gone through since learning of the video’s existence.
“We wanted to remember her that way — the 23 years we were lucky enough to have her,” Jeff Kempson said. “Now, my wife is just tormented. I know there’s that mother-daughter bond. Even though Dayna was a daddy’s girl, there was still that bond.”
This is just one of the reasons the Kempsons have filed a formal complaint with the Spalding County Fire Department and retained an attorney — Dwayne Singleton.
“It took us a couple of weeks after we found out about this to figure out what we wanted to do — how we wanted to fight this fight,” Kempson said.
Spalding County officials on Wednesday issued a release stating that an outside firm has been hired to conduct an investigation to determine if any laws, ordinances or policies may have been violated. The investigative findings will be revealed to Spalding County officials at a closed-door meeting Monday, and a report issued publicly Tuesday.
When asked to comment on the outside firm’s investigation, Kempson said, “To be honest with you, I really don’t care. The video is pretty self-explanatory. It’s her (his daughter) in the video.”
In part, the release said, “Spalding County considers the taking of the video and sharing it in this circumstance to be, at minimum, a grave error in judgment.”
Kempson responded to that statement Wednesday night by saying, “They called it a ‘grave error in judgment.’ Please. Please.”
He also reacted strongly to another portion of the release that stated, “A firefighter who was part of one of the last groups of rescue units to arrive on scene used a personal cell phone to record a short video of the accident scene and of Kempson-Schacht’s body.”
In response, Kempson said, “Does it really matter if it was 30 minutes or 30 seconds? That was my daughter. I don’t care if it was ten minutes or ten seconds. It was wrong. So wrong.”
Kempson said he supports the efforts of law enforcement and fire personnel who conduct themselves appropriately, as he believes most do.
“I know there are great firefighters out there — 99 percent of them probably do their jobs professionally and treat people with dignity and respect. I do not have any issue with them,” he said. “I have an issue with this person, or persons, who took this video and then distributed it. I have a problem with that.”
He then stated that there is only one satisfactory outcome regarding those responsible for creating the video of his daughter.
“Oh, he needs to be fired. I could never trust him again, and I don’t believe anyone else in this county could trust him, either,” he said.
Although the Spalding County firefighter responsible for taking the video has been placed on investigative suspension, Kempson said he still does not know the individual’s identity.
“They can’t keep this from the people,” Kempson said. “People want to know who is responsible for having done this to my daughter. We want to know.”