Tragic events happen all over the world and it is in these times, whether they are man-made or natural disasters, where we also find humanity at it’s very finest.
For every horrible thing that occurs, there are hundreds, even thousands, of offshoots of generosity, kindness, compassion, and empathy that ripple all around us. These are the beautiful moments we must let affect us. These are the moments where our faith in humanity renews itself.
There were many instances of people Being Better Humans during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. People who, even in the midst of being terrified, stopped to help others in danger. People who gave rides to strangers to remove them from harm’s way. Uber drivers who gave bloodied victims free rides to the hospital. Businesses who gave shelter to shaken concert-goers. The list goes on and on.
One example that made a big impact upon my heart was the story of Heather Gooze. She is a 43-year-old woman working at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas.
Shots rang out and the bar area where she was stationed frantically emptied out. Many people were helping and assisting the wounded even as shots continued to ring out around them. Good Samaritans began bringing victims into her bar area. One of them was Jordan McIldoon. Jordan was a 23-year-old Canadian at the concert with his girlfriend.
During the shooting and complete chaos, the couple was separated.
Heather Gooze, despite the bullets flying, held Jordan’s hand as he lay there bleeding. He was shot in the abdomen. Heather sat with Jordan. “I felt his fingers, like, tighten and then loosen,” she recounts.
Gooze went through his phone to try to track down information about him. She learned his last name and was able to message his parents. She wrote his name on his arm in case they were separated.
Jordan passed away with Gooze holding his hand. She did not want him to be alone when he died.
Gooze saw a call coming through on his phone. It was his girlfriend who had been taken to and was on lockdown at, the Tropicana Hotel. She was frantically trying to reach her boyfriend. Gooze answered the call and had to tell the poor girl that her boyfriend didn’t make it. The woman was in disbelief and begged her to check his pulse again.
Gooze then had the same conversation with Jordan’s mother in Canada. She promised his mother that she wouldn’t leave his side. And she didn’t, for 5 hours, until the area was cleared and authorities came to remove the bodies. She maintained contact with his family the entire time.
Not wanting to be labeled a hero, she wept, “I couldn’t just leave him by himself. I didn’t want him to be a John Doe.”
Sheila Burke is an inspirational and motivational author and Founder of both Being Better Humans and Zen-Sational Living. Her writing has been featured in Amazon Best Sellers and USA Today Best Selling books. Enriched Heart (2016), Chorus of Souls and Booyah Spirit! are all Amazon Best Sellers. Sheila lives with her husband Shane and they have raised three amazing children. Sheila on Amazon
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