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WJAR Photographer Dies

WJAR's web site has a notice up about the death of a decades-long presence in the local media:

A member of NBC 10's original newsgathering team has passed away.  You may not have seen him on television but you will remember his work. 

Frank Wildenhain's first news stories were on silent black and white film, in the early 1950s.  His footage of the sinking of the Andrea Doria off Nantucket in July of 1956 was shown to TV news audiences around the world.

A year later, in August of 1957, Frank covered another story that got national attention:  the amazing rescue of a little girl who somehow got trapped in the wall between two buildings in the Fox Point section of Providence. 

She was rescued, unharmed. And Frank went on to cover countless other news stories until his retirement in 1990.

Just three years ago, Frank was honored for his service in World War II as a U.S. Navy seaman.  Congressman James Langevin presented Frank with three different medals noting his service during the time of what's been called the greatest generation.

Frank Wildenhain died Wednesday at age 83. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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