It’s time for a hero story: This marine vet’s quick thinking helped save 70 lives
Check out the story below. His training kicked in and he got 70 people to safety.
If it wasn’t for a former US marine, dozens of lives could have been added to the death toll at the Orlando gay massacre.Imran Yousef, a bouncer at Pulse nightclub, used his military training when he realized a shooter was in the venue.The 24-year-old, who served in Afghanistan and let the Marine Corps two months ago, described how ‘everyone froze’ when the first shots were fired.‘The initial one was three or four (shots). That was a shock,’ he told CBS News. ‘Three or four shots go off and you could tell it was a high calibre.‘Everyone froze. I’m here in the back and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine pack everyone.’Knowing there was a door leading to the street outside, he decided to ‘take a chance’ so people could escape.‘And I’m screaming “Open the door! Open the door!” And no one is moving because they are scared,’ he said.‘There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we [could] out of there.’When asked how many people he helped escape, he said: ‘Probably over 60, 70. As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out and after that we just ran.’He added: ‘I wish I could have saved more to be honest. There are a lot of people that are dead …there are a lot of people that are dead.’But while there are many people calling him a hero, especially the dozens of people he saved, he doesn’t see himself that way.‘There are a lot of people naming me a hero and as a former marine and Afghan veteran I honestly believe I reacted by instinct,’ he wrote in a now deleted Facebook post.‘I have lost a few of my friends that night which I am just finding out about right now and while it might seem that my actions are heroic I decided that the others around me needed to be saved as well and so I just reacted.’He added: ‘We need to show our love and profound efforts to the families and friends who have lost someone and help them cope with what happened and turn our efforts to those who truly need it.‘Once again I sincerely thank everyone and bless all those who are recovering and trying to make sense of it all.’
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