We have created a Neighbors’ List to identify persons doing extraordinary things for their Neighbor(s). By Michael McCorvey
Jesus Campos is a true hero. He was dispatched to a door alarm on the 32nd floor. He went up there to investigate the open door, and as he was doing his job, he came under fire. A security guard at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, was shot by Paddock six minutes before he began shooting into a crowd of 22,000 people enjoying the country music festival down below. Campos was struck in the leg, retreated and notified his dispatcher. This was a remarkable effort by a brave and remarkable man.
Campos’ bravery was “amazing” because he remained with officers, provided them with the key to enter the hotel room, and continued to help [officers] clear rooms until our officers demanded that he go seek medical attention.”
Marine Veteran, Taylor Winston, is another example of everyday people becoming heroes. While the events of the Las Vegas shooting were unspeakably horrific, stories like Winston’s–that showed how utterly amazing people can be–were a reassurance that the world is not an entirely awful place. While Winston said numerous times that he doesn’t want to be called a hero, he’s one in my book.
Taylor Winston, a Marine veteran who stole a truck after the shooting in Las Vegas to transport about a dozen people to the hospital in two trips. (Winston eventually returned the truck.) A used-car dealer in Gilbert, Arizona has given Winston a truck, as a token of his appreciation for his bravery and selflessness.
It became a ride of life — not just death — because of Austin Cox, a 24-year-old U.S. Marine corporal from Piqua who turned into an “angel” that Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Austin and his Marine buddy Mike Vura, both stationed at Camp Pendleton outside San Diego, CA were in the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 country music festival that had played for three days in a 15-acre open space near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip.
So that’s when Austin and Mike ran in, they started helping people over the fence. They were picking people up and literally throwing them over it. My brother was like, ‘It’s better to have a broken arm than be dead.’ ”
As he was helping people, Austin picked up Katrina Hannah, a University of La Verne graduate from California, who just moments earlier had been laughing and dancing as part of a bachelorette party for her best friend.
“He saw she had been shot and when he picked her up, she got shot again. He carried her over and tried to take cover.”
Hannah had wounds in her neck and shoulder and was bleeding badly.
“Austin kept his finger in her (neck) wound so she wouldn’t bleed to death. Once the shooting stopped, “I picked her up and made a run for it,” Austin told Elex Michaelson, a reporter for KABC-TV in Los Angeles.
Jonathan Smith is likely to spend the rest of his life with a bullet lodged in the left side of his neck, a never-ending reminder of America’s deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Smith, a 30-year-old copy machine repairman, was shot that same Sunday night while trying to help save people after a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Music Festival.
He had driven to Las Vegas from Orange County, Calif., on that Thursday to celebrate the 43rd birthday of his brother, Louis Rust, a big country music fan who had attended the festival in the past. They spent the weekend enjoying the music and had scored seats close to the stage for Jason Aldean’s prime-time performance Sunday night. .Rust realized what was really going on and told the entire extended family — all nine of them — to hold hands and run. By then, it was a stampede.
He grabbed people and told them to follow him toward a handicapped parking area in the direction of the airport, a large field with several rows of vehicles. A few young girls weren’t fully hidden. Smith stood up and moved toward them to urge them to get on the ground. That’s when a bullet struck him in the neck. “I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” said Smith from the Sunrise Hospital lobby Monday afternoon as he was waiting for his final discharge. He has a fractured collarbone, a cracked rib and a bruised lung. These young men are all hero’s and showed true courage as they helped thy neighbors.