In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, stories of heroism have spread alongside the tragic updates of dozens who died and hundreds who were injured at a Las Vegas concert Sunday night.
As witnesses and survivors continue to share their perspective via social media, Tiffany Michelle and others are able to highlight the selfless acts of those like her husband, police officer Tommy McGrath.
The San Diego, California, resident recalled the terrifying minutes between when the shooting began and she was safely reunited with him. During the entire ordeal, she said the actions of McGrath and countless others made it clear who the “true heroes” were.
In an Instagram post, Michelle said she was helped by a group of strangers when she lost contact with her husband, who stayed behind to “hold pressure on gunshot wounds and carry people to trucks for departure to hospitals.”
This photo was taken tonight moments before the worst mass shooting in American history took place. I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for each of these people’s lives. Thank you for keeping us protected and unbelievably unharmed. Thank you for the brave men and women who stayed behind to help when everyone was running terrified for their lives. Thank you to the man who pulled me over the fence when my boot was stuck. Thank you to the girls who grabbed me and ran with me when they saw I’d been separated from my husband and friends. Thank you to the friends that came and got me from my place of refuge even when the shooter was still active. Thank you for the man who was willing to pile us in his car and drive us to safety. Thank you for all the brave officers who responded to the scene after the terror took place, and for the paramedics who saved lives tonight. Thank you for the bravery and tactical skill of the Las Vegas Police who found the shooter quickly and took him down. Thank you for the nurses and doctors currently still working on the victims. Above all thank you for my brave husband who used his own body to shield me and others from bullets as those next to us were shot. When we were separated and he realized he could no longer protect me he stayed behind to hold pressure on gunshot wounds and carry people to trucks for departure to hospitals. He and all the other off duty officers, military personal, and anyone else in the venue and out who helped save a life tonight are the true heroes. I already do and will continue to thank God he brought this man into my life. We made it. We are safe. We will walk away from this tragedy and live to die another day. It pains me so much to see so many not as fortunate as us. If you get the chance today I urge you to thank an officer. I know I will hold mine a lot closer today and forever ? #thinbluefamily #ilovemyofficer #prayforlasvegas #prayfortheworld #rt91harvest
After personally thanking several girls who ushered her to safety, a man who helped her over a fence and others strangers, Michelle acknowledged hers was one of hundreds of stories showing such kindness and bravery.
“Thank you to the friends that came and got me from my place of refuge even when the shooter was still active,” she wrote. “Thank you for the man who was willing to pile us in his car and drive us to safety. Thank you for all the brave officers who responded to the scene after the terror took place, and for the paramedics who saved lives tonight.”
She expressed the most gratitude to her “brave husband who used his own body” as a shield to protect her and others from bullets.
“I already do and will continue to thank God he brought this man into my life,” she wrote.
As for Michelle, McGrath and the group they were with at the concert, pictured in the Instagram post, everyone made it out of the venue physically unscathed.
“We made it,” she wrote. “We are safe. We will walk away from this tragedy and live to die another day.”
Though grateful to God for bringing her and her loved ones through the ordeal, Michelle was all too aware that so many other families could not say the same.
“It pains me so much to see so many not as fortunate as us,” she wrote.
As CrimeOnline reported, another man, Sonny Melton, was fatally shot at the concert, reportedly while sheltering his wife from the gunfire.
“If you get the chance today I urge you to thank an officer,” Michelle wrote to end her post. “I know I will hold mine a lot closer today and forever.”
[Featured image: Instagram/tifferfish0618]