Amazing stories seem to always come out of the most horrible tragedies. Regular people become superheros, and people who may have taken tomorrow for granted now live every day as if it were the last. These are the rare and beautiful things that tragic events can create even though we all wish it would never happen regardless. The Las Vegas shooting was just such an event. The mass shooting of so many will not be forgotten anytime soon, and the mourning process will be one shared among millions of Americans for many years, and we do need to recognize and thank the people who became heroes that night as well.
One such hero was reminiscent of the Masked Man. He covered people with his own body during the shooting and then proceeded to hold bullet wounds, used his belt as a tourniquet, and rushed injured people to their cars. His picture was seen on social media as he lay on top of a woman who was a stranger to him to prevent her from being shot. He was even kind enough to cover her eyes from the carnage around her. Yet, for almost a week no one knew his name.
No one knew who to thank. We do now, and his story is quite all-American in nature.
According to Western Journalism :
Yet, sources had no idea who the man was or where he was from until his identity was recently confirmed as that of U.S. Army soldier Matthew Cobos.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Cobos allegedly shielded the woman with his body “from the barrage of bullets tearing through the air around them,” going so far as to covering her eyes from witnessing the chaos.
A post of the photo can be seen here:
— Keydreaming (@Texastweetybird) October 5, 2017
Getty photographer David Becker took the photo which has since gone viral as news of the attack — and news of heroic deeds that were performed during it spread.
Becker revealed that after the photo had been taken, Cobos and the woman stood up and he brought her to safety. Cobos then ran back to the dangerous scene in order to help others.
Witnesses told the Daily Mail that Cobos “used his belt as a tourniquet to stop people bleeding and even put his finger in bullet holes of some who had been shot.”
Family and friends have recently revealed that Cobos told them he could see “bullets ricocheting off the ground in front of him as he ran.”
But this act of heroism isn’t a surprise for friend and fellow service-member Jason Maddy who happened to be out of the country at the time of the attack.
“Just found out because I’m in Puerto Rico, but this is one of my very own former Soldiers from White Platoon, B TRP 2-14 CAV from Hawaii,” Maddy wrote in a post about Cobos.
“Extremely proud of you brother!! True Hero!!!!!” he added.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Cobos was said to be safe and staying in California with family. Cobos lives in Hawaii, however, where he is a cavalry scout in the Army whose job is to act as the “eyes and ears of the commander during battle.”
News of his courage has become worldwide, with more people praising his heroism as they learn of his identity.
🇺🇸Beautiful, Heartwarming Story of Hero Soldier Protecting Woman🇺🇸
— RNR Kentucky (@RNRKentucky) October 5, 2017
#MatthewCobos True Hero 💖💖💖💖💖 what an amazing man
— Stephanie ∞ (@stephaniekate24) October 5, 2017
Other users, like Clara Arroyave, spent days trying to find out who Cobos was in order to thank the man for such bravery.
“I’ve been scrolling through the internet for two days to find out who you were,” she admitted. “That image of you physically shielding her from the bullets and covering her eyes from the carnage is one I’ll never forget.”
Matthew Cobos is one of those people who live the kind of life the American value system is based on. He serves his country, he protects innocent people, and he enjoys himself when not on duty. He’s just an all-around American boy doing what’s right. We need many more like him in the world. There were many that unselfishly risked their lives for others on Sunday night, and all should be honored as the very real heroes they are.
H/T Western Journalism ]