Sunday, August 14, 2011

State Fair Stage Collapse Brings Out Best of Indianapolis

Last night was a bad night for Indianapolis. But, as happens so many times, out of a bad night comes something good.

When the stage came crashing down at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, people ran. They ran for their lives. After they stopped running, they did what many people wouldn't. They ran back.

Video after video shows the horrible stage collapse. Video after video shows people running just as fast back to the stage to help remove the collapsed stage and get out those that were in peril.

As of this time, we do not know how many people will be injured or killed, but we do know that the fast actions of hundreds of Hoosiers and other concert goers probably saved lives. Bravo to all of those brave heroes that ran back towards the stage, and bravo to all of the first responders who were there within moments to do their jobs.

It was a team effort to save lives. This early morning, I'm proud to be a resident of Indianapolis...and a Hoosier. My thoughts and prayers are with all those injured and killed tonight as well as their families, friends, and loved ones.

Governor Mitch Daniels had this to say regarding last night's response to the disaster:

"What needs saying most about last night's freakish accident was that we saw on display the best qualities of both public and private Hoosiers.. Emergency management personnel was instantaneous and highly professional. It's equally important to say ... that individual Hoosiers ran to the trouble instead of from the trouble by the hundreds. That's the character that we associate with our state."

We are in agreement, Governor.

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