Jason Stahl is a senior at the University of Montana. He was born and raised in a Hutterite colony north of Gildford, Montana, 50 miles from the site of the accident. This story was his final project for a special course, "The Worst Day Ever: Writing about Trauma," taught at UM’s School of Journalism by fall 2021 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor Jan Winburn.
CHESTER — Teresa Violett was outside her house in Chester, Montana, painting the cement foundation when she heard the sirens. It was Saturday, Sept. 25. The retired teacher had lived in Liberty County for 38 years, and she knew what each siren meant: The first one, for a scheduled meeting. The second, for ambulance. The […]