The Las Vegas massacre is still fresh in the minds of Americans, and even more so in the minds of the survivors and heroes of that fateful night. On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of thousands at the Route 9 Music Festival. During that time, the crowd reacted in many different ways. Some did what most would do and ran for their lives while others became heroes that night. There are many different accounts of people risking their own lives to help rescue those who were less fortunate.
In the midst of chaos, people will show you what they’re made of, and the Las Vegas massacre is no different. In the days since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival took place on Sunday evening, additional information has come out about the heroes who sprung into action and stepped up to help those who were injured or in shock.
In an interview with NBC News, Mike Cronk explained the situation firsthand. “The first volley, it sounded like fireworks going off,” he said. “I think people thought it was part of the show, but then the second round, my friend standing next to me got shot three times.” Cronk continued that he knew, as a hunter, that the shots were coming from a distance, likely the hotel from across the street. So he commanded everyone around him to get down on the ground, instead of running and making themselves more obvious targets.
Cronk wasn’t the only hero that night. There were many others who risked their lives to save the wounded. There was one account of a couple of younger people who used their jeep as an ambulance and loaded it up with the wounded. One of the more seriously wounded on the jeep was passed off to an ambulance because he was so badly wounded. There is also the now iconic image of a man lying on top of a woman shielding her from the bullets that were raining down around them. However, there is another story that has people talking. The story of Jonathan Smith who attended the event has captured everyone’s hearts.
Once the shooting started, Smith pulled his family out of the fire rain, upon which he returned and tried to help strangers run towards safety as well. As reports stated he managed to save the lives of 30 people.
As he was getting victims out of the shooting site he got hit in the neck and the arm, courtesy of flying bullets nearby.
Smith spoke with CNN’s Erin Burnett and recalled the happenings from that night. Burnett had nothing but praise for Smith, although he assured her he is not a hero, but a plain man who wanted to help out like anyone else would.
It wasn’t long after that Burnett gave Smith the surprise of a lifetime, and introduced him to the man that saved him.
The man behind the rescue was Las Vegas police officer Tom McGrath. Take a look at the eye-watering video below:
McGrath explained to Burnett that Smith’s doings were “extraordinary.”
Furthermore, Smith noted he was left mute as McGrath began to spoke, unsure of what to say next.
Smith acknowledged that McGrath stood by him until he was safe and well, and he even placed his finger inside the wound to cease the bleeding.
“Officer McGrath — who I now consider as a brother … It didn’t matter what race I was, it doesn’t matter what race anybody was at that time — all we see was a human life.”
The two men share a connection that can’t ever be lost. If Democrats were not so pushy on the racism issue, blaming conservatives about everything, America might have had more men like them. We are all God’s children and should value life before anything else.
After facing such a dire situation, it doesn’t look like Jonathan Smith will look at race relations the same way. Like he said, at that moment race didn’t matter. It was all about human life and doing everything to save as many people as possible. This is the true spirit of America; it’s just a shame that it took a massacre for people to see the bigger picture. We are all in this together, and the stories of Smith and McGrath are encouraging for anyone to see.