Drawing from the The Way He Tells It report, this brief paper contains excerpts from interviews that are predominantly concerned with men in the aftermath of this disaster. These are the words of the workers who observed men, listened to them, and theorised about them, and the women who knew and often loved them. The workers cited include counsellors, recovery workers and emergency services and emergency management personnel. The women are wives and long term partners. This is a glimpse of what others had to say about the men who went through the bushfires.