St. Helena High School Fair Tragedy

May 16, 2011 | J. Price McNamara
St. Helena High School Fair Tragedy

Two teens were tragically injured at St. Helena High School in Greensburg, Louisiana when they fell from the Zipper, a Ferris wheel-like ride Saturday evening. They fell 15 feet to the ground when the ride began moving while they were trying to disembark. They were flown to Our Lady Of The Lake Hospital. The ride is reportedly owned and operated by a South Dakota carnival company. The ride has not been reopened, although investigation has not yet revealed any defects. Our prayers go out to the injured teens for a full and quick recovery. Hopefully this frightening event will trigger careful analysis by the operating company of its procedures for getting people safely off of its rides. If a company runs amusement rides for profit, it should be able to assure that all it's customers need to fear is the intended thrill of the ride, not serious injury from the company's failure to have in place or follow safe procedures.

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Losing my own brother, then my father and sister after long, disabling illnesses just a few months apart drove a career change for me. Before that experience, I never truly understood the place you’re in. I never understood the dramatic impact that receiving (or not receiving) the disability and life insurance benefits you paid for and counted on can have on your life especially when you need to focus on family and healing. What I experienced with my own family now drives the way I view my clients and my work, and I will never forget it!

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