Pay It Forward - Sugarland and the Indiana State Fair Disaster

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775
This week I am bowing out of the Pay It Forward challenge...most of you have heard or read about the tragedy that happened at the Indiana State Fair last night around 8:45 p.m.  There was a violent gust of wind that appears to have been isolated to the area of the Main Stage that blew it down killing at least 5 and injuring over 40 people.
The video was horrific and the 10 minutes my husband and I waited for our daughter who was there to call was a lifetime.  She is fine.
Indiana State Fair Collapse...people helpingWhy bow out this week; because I would rather talk about what the people in that arena did rather than anything that I did this week.
Here's is a quote from Mitch Daniels, our governor"Individual Hoosiers ran to the trouble, not from the trouble, by the hundreds, offering, in many cases, their own professional skills," he said, choking up. "It's the character that we associate with our state. People don't have to do paid to do it."
Hundreds of spectators ran TO the disaster as opposed to away from it.  They went to see if they could as a unit lift the steel that had other spectators trapped. Many physicians and nurses in the audience made their way to the make shift triage area offering help.  One doctor commented he thought he had been there about 15 minutes and when he looked at his watch, he had been there two hours.
The strength and courage of those individuals give me hope that in times of a crisis...we won't run in the other direction guarding our own safety and instead will risk it in the hopes of helping someone else.
They paid it forward better than I ever could have....
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Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

I just heard about this on the news tonight.  I never watch the national news but thought I was watching a flash of another event then I heard it was Indianapolis and thought of you right away.  So tragic but yet restores faith in humanity to see the help and effort in the time of need

Aug 14, 2011 01:13 PM #11
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

PS  I also thought to myself as I watched....I bet Cindy blogs on this and so you did!!

Aug 14, 2011 01:13 PM #12
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Hi know me well!  lol

Aug 14, 2011 01:24 PM #13
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Cindy....I am so glad that your daughter is all right....I can not even imagine!   My husband was at the rodeo last night and he said that storm was some thing else in his area!!!~

Aug 14, 2011 01:27 PM #14
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

the weird thing about it is a wind gust (some 70 mph) came about 15 minutes before the rain was really a freaky thing Deborah...

Aug 14, 2011 01:47 PM #15
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Cindy, I missed hearing the news about this storm in your area, and I am very glad to hear that your daughter was all right. You have some amazing people in your area who stepped up to help others who needed their help. Sorry to hear about the lost lives and those who were injured. Thanks for sharing this story tonight.

Aug 14, 2011 02:20 PM #16
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

You just made a tear come to my eye Cindy!  What an inspiration those people are that ran to help rather than the other direction.  Gives one hope for the human race!  Thank you for sharing that with us!

Aug 14, 2011 02:26 PM #17
Rodney Mason
Guaranteed Rate - Atlanta, GA
AL, GA, SC, & TN

I saw the video and it all looked so quick.  There was an outdoor stage at the park that collapsed in Atlanta a few years ago, but nothing like this though.

Aug 14, 2011 03:02 PM #18
Wendy Zuidema
Five Star Real Estate LLC - Grand Rapids, MI
Realtor, Grand Rapids, MI

I too saw the video--just shocking!  Thoughts and prayers go to the families of the dead and injured.  Thankfully, the rescue personnel had help from the good samaritans.

Aug 14, 2011 04:06 PM #19
Ellie Penaranda
239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co

Just signed in to check on you - glad you and your family are safe.  There are still good people in the world and a tragedy like this brings them together. 

Aug 14, 2011 04:08 PM #20
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

You never know where tragedy will hit.  And this is a great example of the goodness of the human spirit.

Aug 14, 2011 04:33 PM #21
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Hi Jerry, it's always sad when they start to share the photo's and lives of those who died....that's where we are in the process now...and some of the injuried are really bad...

Hi Brenda...I've shed a tear or two too! 

It did happen Rodney; from the time they issued the weather warning; it was like 6 minutes until the stage fell.

Hi Wendy; the video is shocking.  They had some other angles on the news last's amazing more were not killed.  Many said the stage was at their heels when it fell...

All safe here Ellie...between you and me...first sign of weather issues and I'd been out of there...I dont mess around with weather.

In the blink of an eye Jane...

Aug 15, 2011 12:22 AM #22
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Cindy - I just read about this online this morning....what a tragedy!  So, happy to hear your daughter wasn't injured.  Bless those who rushed to help the injured!!!

Aug 15, 2011 02:47 AM #23
Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Cindy~ I watched those videos yesterday and just thinking about it still gives me chills.  I thought the statement your Governor gave was terrific. I'm with Anita (above) it's the hard times that are a true test and character.  I'm glad to hear your family is ok.... you were on my mind!!

Aug 15, 2011 08:33 AM #24
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


I saw this on the news tonight; what a terrible tragedy

Aug 15, 2011 03:05 PM #25
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

This was an awful incident Cindy, and thanks for your local take on it and I am glad YOU are all right too.

Aug 16, 2011 03:46 PM #26
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Cindy ~ in times of troubles, Americans do the right thing.  they come together and work as a team.

Aug 17, 2011 03:59 PM #27
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Cindy: The response of those who came to help is amazing, remarkable and a host of other adjectives I have yet to vocalize. I guess we can expect emergency and medical people to come forward, but for everyone to run in when the danger was still there - incredible.

Aug 17, 2011 10:01 PM #28
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Cindy - What an awful tragedy.  You never know from minute to minute what is going to happen.  People helping people during times of tragedies is what makes America so great.

Aug 17, 2011 11:34 PM #29
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Cindy, what a terrible and unexpected tragedy.  So glad to hear that you and your family are all well and how uplifting to know that in a pinch, there are so many that will step up to the plate and give of themselves.  It's the same kind of uplifting spirit that permeated NY after 9/11 and is the silver lining in the cloud.

Aug 18, 2011 05:19 AM #30
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