By: Renee Grant
In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas this past weekend (October 1st), many stories are coming to light from those who were there. The heroes are many, and as they unfold, we salute those who did their best to save the lives f those around them.
Kody Robertson is one of those heroes.
Robertson, an auto parts salesman from Ohio, met Michelle Vo, an insurance agent from Los Angeles, at the bar during Luke Combs’ set. They joked with each other and found that they were both staying at the same hotel. Vo was only a recent country music fan, while Robertson talked of his longtime love for the genre. Vo being at the festival alone, decided to join Robertson during the last act of the night, Jason Aldean.
Suddenly, everything was in chaos.
Vo was wounded, and being so close by, Robertson saw what happened almost immediately.
“She got hit and I turned and saw her immediately fall to the ground,” Robertson recalls. “She was literally right beside me, maybe two feet away.”
Throwing his body on top of the woman he’d met just a short while before, he shielded her, and when things seemed safe, he and another man carried Vo from the venue.
“Michelle, Michelle!” Robertson screamed as he and the other man took turns performing CPR. “Wake up!”
Robertson eventually spotted a white pickup truck that was transporting victims to the hospital. He placed Vo in the truck and went back to see if he could help anyone else.
He remembers placing a woman in a beer cooler hoping to get her to safety. And spotting Vo’s purse in the venue, hoping to reconnect and be sure she was safe. He eventually found her, and after helping her family to find her too, has become one of the many who was selfless and deserves to be recognized for his quick thinking
The story is horrific but hopeful.