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“You see people in danger, why wouldn’t you help?” That was Dennis Brennan Jr.’s gut instinct after watching the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night (Aug. 13) just before Sugarland was supposed to perform. You can see from any of the videos making their way around the Internet that when the winds come in hard, fans start to rush away from the stage. But then right after it fell, so many started rushing back in. Without hesitation. Watching that completely restores your faith in humanity. Brennan was one of those heroes. “By the time it came down, I turned around, and I just knew there were people under there,” Brennan told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. “I just ran right towards them. There was a lady, I believe, crushed by speakers, so we were just trying to get that heavy equipment, and a lot of us weren’t really doing it, and someone was yelling out, ‘On three! One, two, three!’ and it moved.” Local news reports called the aftermath “organized chaos.” Some of the fans were lifting the stage rigging up, others were helping to pull people out from under it. It sounds to me like during the worst of times, you see the best in people.