(WXIA) -- There are many times when the news happens right in front of you. And sometimes lives are at stake.

It happened to 11Alive reporter Paul Crawley and photographer Al Ashe back in January of 2011 when a motorist who was stuck on the ice didn't know that his car was on fire.

"Initially, you didn't think there would be any danger until you saw that spark and that started to be a flame," said 11Alive photojournalist Al Ashe. "Right then we started to say 'Let's get this guy out of here.'"

But as the flames grew, so did the danger to everybody nearby. Fortunately, the driver heard the two and got out before he was hurt.

"If I saw somebody who in 30-seconds, if I didn't do something, was going to face certain death, then I would've done something," said 11Alive journalist Blayne Alexander.

That was the consensus among journalists at 11Alive when we asked them to put themselves in the place of New York Post freelancer Umar Abbasi, who took the pictures of Ki-Suck Hana with his arms outstretched for help just seconds before he was hit and killed by a subway train.

So, with a man's life at stake, would the pictures still come first for other photojournalists if there's even a remote chance they could help?

"Hands down... put down the camera," said Shawn Hoder of the 11Alive CIA Team. "For me, it's save a life then get video later."

"I probably would try to get down there and help, depending on the situation, if there were others helping," said photojournalist Kenny Price.

"It's only an ethical question if there's something I could have done," added photojournalist Bruce Mason.

"Ultimately, we are human beings first, photojournalists second, not the reverse order," said photojournalist Mike Zakel. "We're not robots."

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