GP: Thank you for contacting me. And for agreeing to speak with me today. I understand it's difficult to speak under such circumstances—
SPO: (laughs) Yeah, you could say that. I'm not saying I think people are following me but I have seen the same van outside my house a few times this week.
GP: Any thoughts on the class action lawsuit that's going on?
SPO: I think it's great. I don't know how much will actually happen, but I do believe Hedgewood needs to be held accountable for what happened. If the judge is sympathetic—and who wouldn't be?—then I think we might get a decent outcome. Some kind of settlement for the families of the casualties, at least.
GP: That would be great. So I guess I should just dive right in since you probably don't have a lot of time. Can you tell me what you remember about those first few minutes?
SPO: It all happened so fast it's hard to remember the order of how things went down, you know what I mean? Even though, like, the images of it are tattooed on my brain. First thing I remember - I uh, I was at the magician's exhibit near the midway, the haunted amusement park - and all of the sudden the water tank exploded, like chunks of glass flying everywhere. And uh, and then people started screaming. I saw a little girl with glass in her face - in her face. She was bleeding and running, running to me I guess, but I don't think she could see me with all the blood in her eyes. I don't uh, I don't think I'll ever be able to forget that, no matter how long I live.