Stories of heroism are starting to emerge from the tragedy in Vegas. It's stories of the victims and heros that give us hope in these dark moments. John Rich helped an off-duty officer get into the action as quickly as possible.
Rich was at his bar in Vegas, Redneck Riviera, when the shots rang out. An off-duty Minneapolis police officer was in the bar at the time and was in need of a weapon to help. Rich told Fox News:
“I had an off-duty police officer, it was a Minneapolis police officer, off-duty, was in my bar hanging out. He came up to me and showed me his badge, and he says... 'I’m [a police] officer and I’m not armed for the first time ever. I can’t believe it. Are you armed?’ I said yes I am armed. I had my concealed carry. He asked, ‘can I have your firearm so I can hold point on this door?’ So I handed over my firearm to him, everybody got behind him and for two hours he held point on that door without flinching.”
He later tweeted about the officer wanting to find him and thank him for his heroism.
Will the off duty officer that used my side arm to protect entrance @RNRBarVegas last night pls contact me? Pls retweet and pass the word.— John Rich (@johnrich) October 2, 2017
I found him! He wants to remain anonymous, so I'll respect that wish. He's a Minneapolis officer and we had great team work. Thank you sir. https://t.co/vYSXHfM5VT— John Rich (@johnrich) October 3, 2017
Though he may not have been the man who stopped it all, he was a great example of the first responders that put their life at risk for us, to run towards the gun fire. This man was on vacation, and felt he needed to help! He put his life in front of all those people in the bar to protect them. Major props to him and all the first responders who helped save lives that night.
It's sad to look back at this moment from Big And Rich on stage and see all the people singing "God Bless America" knowing some of them aren't with us anymore.
The irony in this!! I was going through my pics and videos from last night. Approx two hours before the shooting took place @bigandrichofficial led the crowd at @route91harvest in singing God Bless America. Unknowingly..I was panning the crowd and scanned up to Mandalay Bay, simply to show the beauty of where we were and everyone's lights on their phones 💔😪 #bigandrich #godblessamerica #route91harvest #prayfortheworld #prayforvegas #irony #sadness