Photo of Guy With Bullet in Neck Goes Viral…But His Story Is Even More Incredible

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Following the devastating attack in Las Vegas on Sunday night that left at least 59 dead and more than 500 wounded, one man’s brave story will make everyone who hears it proud to be an American.

According to the Independent Journal Review, Jonathan Smith, a copy machine repairman from California, attended the 91 Route Harvest Music Festival on Sunday with nine members of his family.

Just after the shots were heard from during country star Jason Aldean’s set, Smith immediately made sure his family members were safe, though they were scattered throughout the crowd.

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Smith said he then ran back into the crowd to save others. He told The Washington Post he kept yelling, “Active shooter, active shooter, let’s go! We have to run!”

He began directing the audience toward a handicapped parking area, which was away from Las Vegas Boulevard and presumably out of the gunman’s line of sight. Smith said it was a field filed with cars, so they crouched behind the vehicles for safety.

Smith’s bravery didn’t stop there, though.

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After running back into the concert and line of fire, Smith was shot in the neck while trying to save more people. He told The Washington Post he was trying to warn a group of girls to get on the ground to avoid being seen by the gunman when a bullet hit him on the side of his neck.

“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” Smith said from the Sunrise Hospital lobby on Monday while waiting to be released.

Smith has a fractured collarbone, a bruised lung and a cracked rib following his heroic efforts to save many other people. The doctors have reportedly decided to leave the bullet in his neck temporarily because they fear moving it may inflict more damage at this time.

Smith said an off-duty police officer from San Diego saved his life. He said the officer flagged down a vehicle and got Smith a ride to a nearby hospital.

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Smith got in the back of a pickup truck, which had several other wounded victims in the bed of the truck, as well.

“I really didn’t want to die,” Smith said.

This photo of Smith sitting in the hospital room has gone viral, and it’s because he’s nothing short of a brave, heroic American.

He reportedly saved at least 30 people Sunday night.

Another photo of Smith, featured next to Kansas City Chiefs football player Marcus Peters, who sat down during the national anthem on “Monday Night Football,” draws a huge contrast between a real hero and someone simply seeking attention.

Seeing Smith, and many other Americans, put themselves in danger  to help others is what America is all about.

This is why we stand for our national anthem and the flag — to show respect toward heroic Americans who make our country the greatest on earth.

Smith is nothing story of an American hero.

H/T Independent Journal Review

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