Seeing our big tents collapse, I really thought someone was going to be killed by a falling pole, or electrocuted. Incredibly we had no fatalities and NO MAJOR INJURIES!!!
I believe this is because our folks stepped up, jumped in and helped people at great personal risk to themselves. I observed several of these instances and wondered if others observed it as well.
John Jesse, one of the heads of Security and husband to our volunteer coordinator Barbara Jesse. He realized that the propane tanks were turned on inside the concessions tent, where over a hundred people were screaming and trying to stay safe. He ran across the mud field to turn them off - take it from me, it was like being pelted with stones the whole time. Thanks, John - you are a credit to the Plymouth Police Department and it's great to have you!
Eric (I don't know his last name - about 15 years old and the only one licensed to fix the golf carts on site). He saw my disabled crew member, 14 year old McCartney, stuck under a table - dragged her out and to safety. Did a similar thing for a man stuck under a table that was wedged under a pole. He ran into danger while adult men were cowering - you go, boy!
An unknown girl, about 11 years old, made sure her screaming younger brother was safe. She then approached me as I was trying to hold down the concessions tent (I was OUTSIDE the tent during the worst of the hailstorm, trying to hold it down by the weakest tent stake) and asked WHAT SHE COULD DO TO HELP!! I told her to go in the tent and tell everyone to evacuate - the tent was coming down. She did so, and probably saved a life or two. I have no idea who she was and might not even recognize her if I saw her now.
What did others see?