Strangers shielding each other from shrapnel, locals guiding people to safety, elderly men in veteran’s hats telling people to get down. People plugging bullet holes with their fingers. These are but a few of the heroic stories coming out of the Las Vegas tragedy. In the shadow of a deadly gunman, angels are shining through.
There are so many things to love about this country. From unparalleled freedoms to unwavering patriotism, America is hands-down the best. But, it’s the resilience of the American spirit and heroism in the face of tragedy, that truly defines us as a nation. Rather than talking about the man who perpetrated this senseless crime, let’s focus on the heroes.
An unidentified witness speaking to the Today Show talks about the bravery they say words just can’t describe. “You saw a lot of ex-military jumping into gear. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers. I saw police officers, while everyone else was crouching, standing up as targets, just trying to direct people to tell them where to go,” says the witness.
In addition, civilians were rushing to the chaotic scene to offer their cars and trucks to transport victims to the hospital. Still, others, are flocking to their local blood banks to donate for victims. The line at Nevada Blood Services stretches for blocks. Another man on the scene helping victims tells Fox, “We’re all together. Red, white, blue, whatever. You try and help each other.”
Chaos and Compassion
Similarly, country music radio broadcaster Storme Warren echoes that sentiment. “If there is a silver lining in all of this, it’s people helping people,” Warren says. He also gives a chilling account of what he saw. Calling it a “scene from a war movie,” Warren says it’s hard to put the experience into words:
“We stepped over the bodies, we saw the people, we saw the heart-wrenching sadness from relatives grabbing hold of their loved ones. And, you saw the chaos and the disbelief and complete stress. But, disbelief is the word. It’s the only word you can come up with.”
Despite an already large turn-out, more blood donations are needed. A GoFundMe account to aid Las Vegas victims has been set-up by Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
As of this afternoon, the fund has raised more than $600,000.