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Governor Honors Citizen Heroes At Fair Stage Remembrance

A ceremony today at the Indiana State Fair remembered those who died during this weekend's stage collapse and honored spectators turned heroes.

The State Fair is open again today after a stage collapsed there this weekend – killing five people and injuring dozens more.

Governor Mitch Daniels attended a ceremony at the fair Monday that honored the victims and the first responders. He says his heart is full for those who acted courageously to make sure Saturday’s stage collapse was not worse than it was.

“I cannot tell you how proud I am to be the employee of 6.5 million people like that and I bet you share that pride too,” he said.

A tearful Mitch Daniels thanked volunteers and first responders who rushed to aid victims who were trapped under scaffolding and injured after a burst of wind caused the stage to go smashing into a crowd of about 12,000 people waiting to see a concert by the country duo Sugarland.

Daniels says it is important now for Hoosiers to get back to the business of living.

Several entities are investigating the collapse, but according to the Indiana State Police it could take weeks or even months.

The fair was closed Sunday out of respect for the victims.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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