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.
Why 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....