In times of tragedy, it's easy to focus on the heartbreak.
A gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, killing 58 and injuring over 500 more. It's one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, a tragedy of unthinkable scope.
But as our country comes together in the days following the attack, stories of true heroes are emerging, stories like that of Jonathan Smith.
Jonathan Smith is a 30-year-old copy machine repairman and father of three.
via: GoFundMeHe drove to Las Vegas with nine members of his extended family last weekend to celebrate his brother's birthday. They were all at Jason Aldean's concert when bullets started raining down.
Smith was focused on keeping his 22, 18, and 17-year-old nieces safe, but they got separated from him in the crowd. He turned back to look for them and saw a scene of chaos.
Jonathan Smith, 30, saved ~30 people last night before he was shot in the neck. He might live w/the bullet for rest… https://t.co/mZRqTKNGfP— Heather Long (@Heather Long)1506980865.0
Smith believes he was saved when an off-duty police officer tried to stop the bleeding and flagged down cars to get him a ride to the hospital. Later, he was reunited with the rest of his family, who made it to safety.
@byHeatherLong Johnathan, is a hero!! make sure he’s okay; insurance, clothes, food, and etc? take care of him like… https://t.co/5kBs4BHpU4— ً 𝕾𝖒𝖎𝖑𝖊𝖞 𝕾𝖎𝖉𝖓𝖊𝖞 (@ً 𝕾𝖒𝖎𝖑𝖊𝖞 𝕾𝖎𝖉𝖓𝖊𝖞)1506982932.0
While many see Smith as a hero, he doesn't see himself that way.
via: GoFundMe"I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival," he told The Washington Post. Nevertheless, Smith's sister-in-law Tiffany Jones set up a GoFundMe page to cover his medical expenses. "Our family is so blessed to have someone so heroic and selfless putting the lives of others before his own," she wrote. "Please, if you can, help and share the message." So far, the GoFundMe has far surpassed its $7,000 goal.