HOOSIER HEARTS HURTING

The events of Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair have heavied the hearts of many Hoosiers. And that includes those members of the Pacers/Fever family.

Glenn Goodrich and Nathan Byrd, two of the five who perished in Saturday’s night’s disaster, had many friends here. Saturday’s tragedy also claimed the lives of Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Tammy Vandham, 42, of Wanatah; and Christiana Santiago, 29, of Chicago.

Glenn, 49, worked in security for ESG at hundreds of games and events for many years.

“Glenn was always at his post and always ready to help in any way that he could,” remembered Pacers COO Rick Fuson. “He always had a smile and kept his cool no matter what the situation.”

“It seems Glenn has been here forever and ever,” said Pacers VP Rich Kapp. “He always had a smile and was the perfect guy for that line of work. I guarantee one thing. He was helping others survive on Saturday night.” Glenn is survived by his wife and two young children. “He will be so missed by so many of us especially his wife Heather and his two boys,” added Fuson.

Just like he was Saturday night, working behind the scenes as a spotlight operator perched in the rigging high above the concert stage, Nathan Byrd, 51, worked many events over the years at Conseco Fieldhouse.

“Nathan was here for many events and always did a hard job that no one else would dream of doing,” said Fuson. “Stagehands are an important part of a show and Nathan was as important as any in that group.” Nathan was the father of two teenagers.