UPDATE: I have received information on how to make donations to Nate Byrd’s family. Send donations to:
IATSE LOCAL 30
ATTN:NATHAN BYRD FAMILY (you MUST SPECIFY)
1407 EAST RIVERSIDE DRIVE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46202-2037
Right now we have a task to do for our fallen brother’s family in Indiana, everybody. Nathan Byrd was up in the truss when it fell to the ground in a storm. He was working to support his two kids, who are now in need of support because their father died in the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 14, 2011. You’ve read the articles I’ve written about the disaster, and undoubtedly seen the video.
Nathan Byrd’s obituary:
Nathan Lee Byrd
51, of Indianapolis, passed away August 14, 2011. He was born September 24, 1959 to Alvin Lee and Loretta J. (Wilkerson) Byrd.
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Nathan was a graduate of Manual High School. He was a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local #30, where he was instrumental in the erection and lighting of stages for various venues in the Indianapolis area. He was a member of Calvary Tabernacle. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel , 3333 E. Thompson Rd., with funeral services Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Tabernacle, 902 Fletcher Ave. Nathan is survived by his parents, Alvin and Loretta Byrd; children, Trevor and Natalie Byrd; siblings, Randy Byrd, Kim Byrd, Marilyn Barfield (Joe), Scott Byrd and Bryan Byrd. http://www.shirleybrothers.com
This is a rough time for the families of all involved. If you can do anything to help Nathan Byrd’s family, I know that they would be so grateful. The brothers and sisters of IATSE Local 30 have started a fund for Nathan Byrd’s family at http://www.cicf.org/. I’m so sorry I don’t have many details on the fund yet, but perhaps CIC will. Shirley Brothers located above in Nathan’s obit might also know of ways to help the family. If you have a few bucks, please help them out. This is, as you can imagine, is not a good time for them. If you can’t afford to help, then help yourself as we all have to do. JimOnLight.com is making a donation. If you have the means to help, skip a month of lattes, that’s what I’m doing to help this family.
Luck shone on Steve Stover, a stagehand from IATSE Local 30 who was also in the truss when it fell, but managed to not be killed in the fall. From the last I heard about this after checking in on it, Steve is still in ICU in critical condition, is expected to make a recovery, but he’s apparently in for a long-winded recovery. Lighting Designer Cosmo Wilson is asking that we send Steve a card for when he comes to in the ICU. I just filled one out, slapped a stamp on it, and it is on its way. If you wanna send Steve a little note, please do so by sending it to his hospital room:
Indiana University Health
Steve Stover / Room A5216
PO Box 1367
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Thanks for everything you do, everybody. Help if you can, and send good thoughts if you can’t help out right now.
We need to have industry professionals involved with this investigation. Somebody like Bill Sapsis, Erich Friend, somebody with the engineering background and the knowledge of our systems. Perhaps they’re already involved, I personally do not know, but no one is doing or saying anything outwardly to put any comfort into this situation. Our voice is the loudest when we speak as one people, one industry. If you feel that you want this investigation made by people who are industrial professionals, please make your voice heard, leave a comment here.