Final Goodbye To Slain CBS Colleagues

Friends and family said goodbye to CBS soundman in London on Tuesday, a day after funeral services for CBS cameraman Paul Douglas, also killed in Iraq by the same Memorial Day bomb that critically wounded CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

CBS Evening News anchor Bob Schieffer reports a standing-room-only crowd of 500 joined Brolan's wife, son and daughter for a service that was filled with tears, music and some laughter as fond memories were recalled.

Brolan's priest, Guy Pope, said Brolan - a British soldier before he turned to journalism - risked his life so others would know of war.

"A journalist has to remain detached," Pope said. "They're not there to help, simply to report. But his life was changed by what he saw."

CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips, who spoke at the service, said Brolan's experience and his wry sense of humor helped others get through the toughest situations.

"He had the knack of seeing the levity in situations where there wasn't much levity," said Phillips. "He made the terrible bearable. Among the great tragedies of today is that he isn't here to help us through this."

The service ended with the playing of "Over The Rainbow." Brolan would have liked that, said Schieffer, adding that somehow, Brolan saw rainbows when others couldn't.

Brolan was 42 years old.

Monday, 500 of Paul Douglas' friends and family joined together in Bedford, England, to say goodbye.

"It's A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, the first song that he and his wife danced to, played as his casket was brought to the memorial service.

Friends said was the right song because to Paul, who always had a smile, it was a wonderful world. CBS News producer Peter Bluff says it was impossible not to like him.

"I think if those who killed him had met him they would have been enthralled," said Bluff. "They would have been admirers, too."

Paul was a big man, said Phillips, not because he was tall or even because of "the width of his smile. The biggest thing about Paul was his heart."

His daughter Joanne said it was that heart, that feeling for others that made him such a fine photographer.

"If they do not feel, their pictures will be flat and emotionless," she said. "They will fail to capture the essence of TV and raw emotion. My dad never had that problem."

Douglas was 48.

On June 6, Dozier flew back to the United States on a medical transport plane and is now being treated at Bethesda Naval Hospital near Washington, after initial treatment at a field hospital in Iraq and then a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

Dozier, 39, was still in critical but stable condition as she arrived at Bethesda, where publicity is being kept to a minimum to protect her privacy as she begins her long road to full recovery.

Already considerably improved from the first days after the bombing, Dozier has had surgery on her fractured legs, is breathing on her own, eating solid food, and has been talking to her family, friends and doctors.

The three journalists, who were embedded with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were doing a Memorial Day story about what life is like for the troops in Baghdad when an explosives-packed car blew up nearby.

Douglas had worked for CBS News in many countries since the early 1990s, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Bosnia

Brolan was a freelancer who had worked with CBS News in Baghdad and Afghanistan during the past year. He was part of the CBS News team that had received a 2006 Overseas Press Club Award for its reporting on the Pakistan earthquake.

Dozier has been a CBS News correspondent reporting from Iraq for the past three years. Her previous assignments include the post of London bureau chief and chief European correspondent for CBS Radio News from 1996-2002, and chief correspondent for WCBS-TV's Middle East bureau. She has won three American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Awards for her radio reports on Mideast violence, Kosovo and the Afghan war.

Scores of journalists — nearly 75 percent of them Iraqis — have been injured, killed or kidnapped in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the government of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

Those wishing to make contributions to the families may send them to the following address. Please make checks payable to either "Trust for the Family of Paul Douglas" or "Trust for the Family of James Brolan."

CBS News
Attention: Andy Clarke, Deputy Bureau Chief CBS News London
1st Floor, Building 10
Chiswick Park
566 Chiswick High Road
LONDON W4 5XS

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