Las Vegas Hero

My sweet cousin’s daughter traveled to Las Vegas with her husband and friends, to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival last week.  It was Sunday, their wedding anniversary.  “Happy 23 years to us!!  Here’s to 23 years more!”

Less than an hour later, the shooting began. Like many in the crowd,  they initially thought it was fireworks, but then Laurie felt a bullet whiz by her shoulder.  As bullets sprayed around them, they fell to the ground. Jack laid on top of Laurie to shield her and said, “Laurie, I love you.”  She said, “I love you too,” then boom — he was hit.

“He was dying on top of me. I told him I loved him and I would see him in heaven.” Friends urged her to take shelter, and one of their friends tried to pull Jack by the hand, but he appeared lifeless.

Today, just six days later, was his memorial service.  Midway through the service it was announced that his body had just been released and was in transit from Las Vegas.

What was most remarkable about this man were his many friends who shared ways he had been their hero through life.  One had been bullied by others at school, but Jack would come to his defense with a big smile, put his arm around him and tell the others to “knock it off, he’s a great guy!” And they would.

One friend said, “Of course his love for Laurie was paramount in his thoughts and actions. But if she hadn’t been there, I feel certain Jack would have done the same thing for anyone in that crowd of 22,000 people. He was the kind of person that put others and their needs above himself. The instinct to protect was written in Jack’s DNA.”

A cousin wrote, “‘There is no greater love than to give one’s life for a friend.’ To save the life of your wife, the mother of your children, is such a profound, beautiful Christian act of love.  He is a model for all of us.”

  • My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:12-13


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Las Vegas Hero

  1. Yelena says:

    I read about him. This is love.

  2. The heart of a “real man” laid bare.

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