Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Meets The Baby Of The Pregnant Woman She Helped Save

Miriam Lujan and her friends were enjoying themselves at a Jason Aldean concert when shots rang out in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. Sue Ann Cornwell and her sister, Billie Jo LaCount, were also in the concert audience and were nearby Lujan when the shooting began.

Cornwell didn’t know Lujan—but that didn’t stop the 52-year-old from shielding the expectant mother. Months later, Lujan had her baby, and Cornwell recently got the chance to meet the little boy she helped to save.

A total of 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the Las Vegas shooting, but Lujan and the sisters who kept her safe were all among the survivors.

Lujan and Cornwell, who reconnected via Facebook, told the story of the horrific event to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Apparently, it was LaCount who first placed a backpack on top of Lujan’s belly to try and shield the baby. Lujan was seven months pregnant at the time. Then, Cornwell laid on top of  her sister and Lujan, acting as a human shield to the women.

It was pure luck that Cornwell and Lujan happened to find each other on Facebook, and they decided to meet for the first time since the shooting. Lujan gave birth to a baby boy, Xander, on Nov. 26 and, of course, he came along to meet Cornwell, too.

The women recalled that once the shooting stopped, Cornwell and her sister were able to get Lujan out of the area safely.

After that, Lujan did her best to remain calm and not think about the tragic night, so as not to become too stressed during her pregnancy. Despite her best attempts to forget the terrifying events that took place that night, Lujan couldn’t help but remember the people who worked so hard to protect her.

“When you meet people like that, you kind of just keep thinking about them,” she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Cornwell happily held Lujan’s baby during their reunion, and even though he’s only 4 months old, she said the little guy is already “part of history.”

“He’s already part of history, and he doesn’t even know it,” Cornwell told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Out of all the ugly, here’s this child that survived. … One day his mom is going to have a story to tell him.”

Cornwell and her sister are heroes for ensuring Lujan and her baby stayed safe—and they’re not alone in their heroic efforts. There were many who worked to protect loved ones as well as to save the lives of complete strangers.

For instance, Sonny Melton is just one of the many people who will be remembered as heroes. Because of him, his wife, Heather, survived even though he did not.

“He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” Heather told WSMV. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

Aldean has even been back to Vegas to visit with those who were injured in the shooting.

In a Facebook post, the hospital said his visit “helped heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded in this tragedy.”

Months after the shooting, it’s heartwarming to see that the people who were involved are able to stay connected and heal together. Cornwell, Lujan and little Xander are the perfect example of just how strong a bond the survivors now share with one another.

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Marine Who Stole A Truck To Save Las Vegas Victims Gets Amazing Reward

Taylor Winston’s Marine Corps training came in handy when gunfire rained down on a country musical festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. The former Marine did what he had to do to help save lives that night—which happened to involve stealing a truck.

Taking a vehicle that happened to have the keys in it allowed Winston to help get over 30 injured people to the hospital much faster than the first responders. But not to worry — the 29-year-old returned the truck to its rightful owner as soon as he was finished saving lives.

Now, to thank Taylor Winston for his efforts, a car dealership called B5 Motors gifted him with a brand-new truck of his own. The dealership greatly respected his ability to think clearly and help others in an emergency.

“Most of us would have ran and never came back,” Shane Beus, owner of B5 Motors of Arizona told CNN. “His military training allowed him to think in a split second what to do.”

They were first able to make contact with Winston after putting out a plea on social media using the hashtag “#HelpB5MotorsFindTaylorWinston.”

After only a few hours, the dealership had made contact with him. And just days later, the dealership posted a video of Winston receiving his brand new Ford F-150.

After receiving the keys, he admitted, “I don’t even know how to accept a gift of this caliber,” but he’s hoping to use it to give back in any way that he can.

“Helping out at a lot of country festivals and making dance floors—if anyone knows me, that’s kind of what I do, and this is going to help a lot,” he said.

Now that Winston has been given a truck, he plans to sell his previous vehicle and donate the proceeds to continue to help victims from the Las Vegas shooting. He seems truly humbled by the gift, but admits that it’s hard to think of himself as a hero.

“There’s so many others that haven been given as much credit as I [have],” he says in the Facebook video. “It’s hard to accept ‘hero’ when there’s just everyone doing what they should do. It’s great to see so many people step up.”

And many people do consider him a hero.

And folks were delighted to hear that he’d been rewarded for his bravery.

“So awesome! Love when good things happen to good people,” one person wrote on Twitter.


Heroic Hotel Manager Saves Dog Stuck On The Wrong Side Of Elevator Door

Ben Duke is the general manager of The Rodeway Inn, a motel in Greenville, South Carolina.

Duke was on the job recently and on his way out of a hotel storage area when he noticed a guest getting into the elevator with a dog. The problem? The doors closed before the dog, Boo Boo, actually made it into the elevator, trapping the poor pup outside the doors! There’s the leash through the doors, below:

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And here you can see Duke picking Boo Boo up and attempting to pull out the leash from the rising elevator.


Duke told TODAY that he saw the situation unfolding and immediately sprang into action.

“I just grabbed it, and struggled with it, then I guess adrenaline set in or something, and I snapped the leash right above my hand,” he said. A security camera got the amazing rescue on film, and at the end you see Boo Boo and another canine pal go running down the hallway, safe and sound. Duke, on the other hand, looks to be slightly in shock at what just happened.


According to WYFF4, Duke said Boo Boo’s owner is a regular guest and came back downstairs immediately following the incident. “He was crying and was so grateful,” Duke said. “He just came up and hugged me. It was pretty crazy.”

We can bet both Boo Boo and the owner will be more careful with the elevator next time! Meanwhile, here is the full clip from the security camera

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Lucky for Boo Boo, this hotel manager happened to be in the right place at the right time and had his wits about him enough to grab the dog and hang onto the leash to keep it from choking him. Just like Boo Boo’s owner, we are so happy that Duke was there to save the day. What a hero.

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