jonathan smith
*Many of us are generally eager to bring home souvenirs from trips we’ve taken.

Our walls and tables are lined with commemorative photos and pet rocks, while our closets and drawers are stuffed to the brim with tee-shirts and caps.

But a bullet lodged in the left side of his neck, possibly for the rest of his life, and the incident that put it there, is not a memory I believe 30-year-old Jonathan Smith wants to linger on to. Smith was shot at least twice as he ran back and forth attempting to save others from rapid gunfire that reigned down from a 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

As news about the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday by a  multimillionaire Caucasian gunman — a terrorist by any and all accounts whether he’s being officially called that or not — continues to permeate the airwaves in these un-United States; not only are we slowly learning about the victims, we’re also learning about the heroes who stepped up to help.

One such man is Smith, who had traveled to Vegas from Orange County, California on Thursday to help celebrate the 43rd birthday of the country-music-loving brother, Louis Rust. He, along with his brother, and seven other family members, including kids, went to the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival together. The two brothers were seated right up front, where they had scored seats close enough to the stage to see the beads of sweat forming on the forehead of star performer, Jason Aldean.

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

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