An Iraq War veteran is being hailed as a hero for helping Las Vegas shooting victims get out of the line of fire during the worst mass shooting in American history. But Army reservist Colin Donohue told Fox Business host Stuart Varney that he was just one of many brave people who helped the wounded while bullets flew around them.
Donohue, who returned from Iraq just a few weeks ago, is no stranger to the sound of gunfire.
“When I heard the shots, I was like, there’s no way that these shots are actually happening — this can’t be,” he explained. “I turn to the left and I say something to the guy right next to me and he looks at me and he says something and then he drops — he drops right to the ground — and I say, ‘are you ok?’ and he’s like, ‘they just shot me in the leg!'”
He said he looked down and remarked, “That pretty much is a bullet hole and you need to put your finger on it. …”
At that point, Donohue said he knew “this is really happening — we need to start getting people to cover.”
The Army reservist’s experience of being part of a search and rescue team in Iraq didn’t prepare him for the carnage he saw in Las Vegas. In an earlier interview with Fox News Donohue said that “words can’t describe” the horror.
He told Varney that he and his companions started doing “hasty triage” and that it was “a surreal experience.”
“I was with doctors, I was with EMTs, I was with nurses,” he said, describing the group of brave people who had come forward to help the wounded. “My friend Olivia’s a nurse. She followed me around and we were working on people.”
He pointed out that there were a lot of people making a great effort and showing unity and bravery that night.
“It was an honor for me to be with them,” Donohue said. “I wish I could have done more.”
He told Varney that he would like to see more done in the long-term to help Las Vegas recover from the massacre.
Donohue shared his idea of a concert to raise money for the victims and their families because “the families that are impacted here are going to be impacted here for the rest of their lives.”