All profits from sales today and tomorrow will go directly to support Ethan McMahon’s family. If you’ve had your eye on a shirt, need a few more Christmas presents, or simply want to donate to the GoFundMe page yourself, please do so. I could not be more heart-broken that this event happened in Sioux Falls yesterday.
If you’re not from around here, as I know many of you are from across the country and may not have ties to Sioux Falls local news, a horrible event happened yesterday – a building collapse in downtown Sioux Falls. As a handful of you know, I am a graphic designer for DocuTAP, which has its headquarters in downtown Sioux Falls – my work family is down there (you can see DocuTAP’s building in one of these photos). While on a conference call yesterday, I heard sirens in the background. Then more sirens. And a few more. But didn’t think much of it since the fire department is near there and blaring horns flying through downtown streets is a fairly common scene. Halfway through the meeting, someone found out what happened – the Copper Lounge building collapsed and two people were trapped inside.
A girl and her dog were rescued. A miracle.
Corey Gross captured some of the most phenomenal shots of the event yesterday. See below.
By the end of the day, I joined the world and watched on Facebook Live as we held our breath, waiting for them to find Ethan. It seemed like too much time had passed. It was now dark out. They hadn’t heard from him? They brought a search dog from Rapid City and the dog led them to Ethan. Then the body language of the firefighters changed. Then the stretcher came out. Hope escalated. Then they cut the cameras. Our hearts sank. It was the most anxiety-filled 45 minutes. And it can only be a fraction of what Ethan’s family and friends felt. I simply cannot imagine.
If you could know what the future would hold, would you act differently? Would you act differently towards your family, your friends, your coworkers? And would you act differently toward strangers? People you come into contact with for only a short amount of time?
Ethan was a 2010 graduate of Washington High School, my alma mater. So young. A dad. A vet. Truly a loss. He was also our bartender at Pave when we were there last weekend. One week ago, we interacted with him. One week ago, we didn’t know that his time was cut so short. One week ago, I wish I had made more of an impact on those precious minutes we had together, but instead, I stayed to myself and conversation with my husband, drank our drink, and walked out of the bar.
No one deserves to lose someone they love so young. No child deserves to never know their dad. No one deserves to die in an accident like this. Such a tragedy. In so many ways.
Give your loved ones a hug today.