Man Rescues Thirty Lives During Vegas Attack, Then Feels Punch In Neck & Collapses
FaithTap Staff 10/10/2017
Records are meant to be broken, but not when it involves the number of lives lost in the face of tragedy. 59 innocent and unsuspecting concert goers perished in Las Vegas due to the mad fury of one man. It has left many of us hugging our loved ones a little tighter, as we realize that no place seems like a safe place anymore.
It is hard to say if we will ever truly heal from such a massacre, but helping the process are various stories that are now emerging about individuals who in the midst of the bullets and craziness, didn't think twice about doing what was right for the strangers around them!
Jonathan Smith of Buena Park, California, is a fan of Jason Aldean's music, and was one of the 22,000 concert attendees that evening in Las Vegas. When 30-year-old Jonathan heard the quick repetition of gun shots being fired, he could tell that they were getting closer to him.
So Jonathan started running, but not without ushering the strangers around him to follow suit. It was while trying to get others to safety as well that Jonathon was hit with one of the bullets in his neck. Talking about the pain of it, he later told Fox 11 News that:
"It was like a heavy punch to my arm. At that point my whole body spun around. I hit the gravel."
Thankfully Jonathan was rescued by an off-duty cop, and taken to the the hospital where a Washington Post reporter took his picture and shared the story of his bravery. If it wasn't for Jonathan ushering those people in the right direction away from the bullets, the victim toll could have been even higher.
When asked if he would do such a thing again knowing that his own life would be in critical danger, Jonathan only had this to say to FOX 11:
"I did what any human would do in that situation right there. Was it smart to put my life on the line? Would I do it again? ... I definitely would."
Due to the position of the bullet, doctors decided against removing the bullet from Jonathan's body! The injury has left Jonathan with constant pain and many sleepless nights. But no pain is greater than knowing that he was the lucky one:
"A lot of people lost their lives for no reason."
The humanity and kindness that emerged out of such a dark incident, is perhaps the silver lining that we all need to see. One can only imagine what the numbers would have been without the kindness and selfless acts of individuals like Jonathan Smith.
Still wearing his concert bracelet, here is Jonathan: