Las Vegas Heroes – Saving Lives in the Midst of Horror
As in any major tragedy, there are stories of heroism. Some Americans, like those who attended the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, not only rescued wounded concert-goers, but some even shielded the lives of others and lost their own in the process. They are Las Vegas heroes.
Marine Veteran Taylor Winston and girlfriend Jenn Lewis
Taylor Winston, 29, served 2 tours in Iraq and left the service as a Sergeant. He and his girlfriend were standing near the stage “doing the two step” when the shooting began, according to CBS. They took off running, but the 22,000 or so people at the concert were boxed in by a fence.
“The shots got louder and louder, closer to us and saw people getting hit, it was like we could be hit at any second. Once we got to the fence, I helped throw a bunch of people over, and got myself over. It was a mini war zone but we couldn’t fight back…I saw a field with a bunch of white trucks. I tested my luck to see if any of them had keys in it, first one we tried opening had keys sitting right there. I started looking for people to take to the hospital. There was just too many and it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere.”
Yes, this Marine veteran stole a truck in order to save lives. He estimates they took 20-30 people to the hospital. He returned the keys to the owner on Monday.
Another couple, Lindsey Pageant and her fiance Mike Jay, also fled…to their truck. They also went back to transport the wounded to area hospitals. These folks all saved lives by getting people to the hospitals before the ambulances got there.
Heather Melton had only been married to Sunny Melton for a year. When the shooting began, he shielded her from the bullets, ultimately sacrificing his life for hers.
“He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back. I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.” Heather Melton
Risking everything to save lives
Country music fan Mike McGarry laid down on top of students to protect them from the gunfire, risking his life to save theirs. “They’re 20, I’m 53. I’ve lived a good life,” he told them.
There are stories of police officers shielding the fans as well, some both off duty and on, were either injured or lost their lives. Even a sports prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, Bowdien Derby shielded total strangers.
— Hayden Picker (@HaydenPicker) October 3, 2017
“But what these people did for each other says far more about who we are as Americans than the cowardly acts of a killer ever could. The Gospel of John reminds us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend….The memory of those who displayed the ultimate expression of love in the midst of an unimaginable act of hate will never fade. Their examples will serve as an eternal reminder that the American spirit cannot and will not ever be broken.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary