A look at some of the heroes from the Las Vegas massacre

A look at some of the heroes from the Las Vegas massacre

When a tragedy like the Las Vegas massacre occurs, we don’t know what to do. Unspeakable tragedies like this most often leave us feeling helpless, depressed, alone, and afraid. To combat these feelings, we can look at some of the heroes from that night – the ordinary people who sprang into action to protect and aid their fellow human beings. These people, since coming to light, don’t call themselves heroes. They simply did what needed to be done, but that’s what a hero is. They step up when the situation calls for it.

Taylor Winston and Jenn Lewis

Taylor Winston, a former Marine, and his friend Jenn Lewis sprang into action once the shooting started. They helped get some people over a fence before they were able to tear it down. Then they stole a truck to help take over two dozen victims to the hospital.

Sonny Melton

Sonny Melton, who was 29, died while protecting his wife, Heather.  He was a nurse from Big Sandy Tennessee, and his wife is a surgeon. They were married last year. Heather told WSMV, “He saved my life. 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.”

Ross Woodward

Ross Woodward is a British soldier, and was off duty and vacationing. He was traveling with two other soldiers. The three soldiers, who are trained in treating battlefield wounds, helped get people to safety and stayed to treat the wounded until medical help arrived.

Heather Gooze

During the panic of the massacre, Heather Gooze stayed with a man named Jordan from British Columbia, Canada, who was shot. Heather held his hand while he died. She then stayed with his body for over five hours until police were able to attend to him because she didn’t want him to be alone. She also wanted to tell his mother and girlfriend what had happened. There are few things more heroic than that.

It’s a cliché, but some heroes don’t wear capes. They’re ordinary people, leading ordinary lives, who step up when they’re needed. The people listed here are those kinds of heroes, and there are so many others from that night as well. They did extraordinary things that evening and their courage will never be forgotten.