The horrific attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead and scores injured, was rightly met with sadness and revulsion. That someone could walk into a building and mow down hundreds of party goers, just because he disagreed with their lifestyle choices, is beyond comprehension for most of us.
But stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy.
When the bullets started to fly, Joshua McGill ducked behind a car. There he encountered a man named Rodney. Rodney had been shot.
“Can you help me? I think I got shot.” Rodney told Joshua
Josh responded, “Don’t worry, I got you.”
Police told Josh that no matter what happened, he needed to keep the man conscious.
“Hey, man, my name is Josh, What do you do?” He said.
“My name is Rodney. I’m from Jacksonville,” Rodney whispered.
“I don’t know if you’re religious or not, but I’ll say a prayer with you,” McGill said.
Here’s what Josh wrote on Facebook:
“There was a very tragic thing that happened tonight. Thoughts and prayers for everyone at Pulse or that know anyone that was at Pulse. It was very crazy and a traumatic experience. I’m very thankful I got away safe and a lot of other people I know and care about did as well. I hid under a car and found one of the victims that was shot. I tied my shirt and his shirt over his wounds to stop the bleeding and got him secretly to the nearest officer who then transported us to the ER. Words cannot and will not describe the feeling of that. Being covered in blood.. Trying to save a guy’s life that I don’t even know regardless that I’m fine.. just traumatized. The things I had to say to the guy and make promises I didn’t know I would be able to keep or not to keep him conscious while holding him as tight as I could and blood everywhere on me. Saying a prayer for him and letting him know I will be here waiting for him. It sucks because all I got was his name and I can’t even see if he’s okay because I’m not related. If anyone knows of a guy named Rodney that was shot and injured tonight.. Please let me know he is okay. I felt God put me at the club and made me stay behind to help a complete stranger. For whatever reason that may be.. I don’t know, but I do know it was hopefully to save his life. Maybe God be with us all in this time of need.”
Rodney, who was in fact shot several times, has been identified and is now in a stable condition. Friends and family contacted Josh to thank him for saving his life.
Thank you, Josh, for your amazing heroism in the face of such tragedy.