October 9, 2010
Mom, whose kids were trapped on Ferris Wheel, shares her story
Dawn Ivanowski, a Racine native who now lives out of town, said the officer who talked with her while her young children were stuck on the Ferris Wheel was "phenomenal."
"I send out thanks to the firefighters and police who offered such great support," Ivanowski said.
One person she wasn't impressed with: Mayor John Dickert.
Ivanowski said the mayor came across as insincere and lacked the compassion of the rescue workers.
"You can tell when someone isn't sincere," she said about Dickert.
During the rescue the mayor was calling up to the kids on the Ferris Wheel that hot chocolate was waiting for them when they got down. Ivanowski said her kids were indifferent, but not bothered, by the mayor's efforts to lighten the mood.
"He was distracting, so distracting at that point is good," she said.
Ivanowski was watching the Ferris Wheel when she heard the first, "pop." She knew something was wrong then, but the operator let it continue to run until a railing fell off. "At that point I was freaked," Ivanowski said.
Thanks to quick thinking rescue workers no one was injured in the potentially serious incident. Everyone on the Ferris Wheel was on the ground about two hours after the wheel was stopped.
"It was definitely a positive outcome," Ivanowski said.
In the days since the incident Ivanowski said her kids' pictures have appeared around the country. While her daughter is enjoying telling the story, her son isn't as thrilled. One picture shows him crying, which is a little embarrassing for a 7-year-old.
The state Department of Commerce is investigating the Ferris Wheel incident. So far, there's no report on why the ride broke.
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