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Laura Kessel is managing editor of The News-Herald in Willoughby. She writes a weekly column and shares her thoughts here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Uplifting moment in sea of sadness

If you're like me, you awoke Sunday to the horrifying pictures of chaos at the Indiana State Fair, where five people died and more than 40 were injured when a music stage collapsed.

The audience-shot video was attached to most stories I found on the incident, and you could see the speed in which the massive structure tumbled to the ground, trapping people underneath.

But as the dust cloud cleared, a bright light emerged.

If you watched the videos, I'm sure you saw it.

Hundreds of people surged forward, working to lift the steel frame off those trapped below.

Men stood shoulder to shoulder as more people huddled below, working to save those stuck below.

As the investigation continues, blame is starting to be tossed around as though it's the pieces of that stage.

But, I'll always remember that heartwarming scene of those caring souls darting forward, hoping to help those who were desperate and injured.


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