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Texas police officer shares story of saving three lives during Las Vegas massacre last year

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It has been a year and one month since the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

The state awarded 22 Texas officers the State of Texas Law Enforcement Medal of Valor for their bravery during the massacre in Las Vegas.

One of those heroes shared his story in front of a group of police officers and citizens in Plainview, Texas, Wednesday morning. 

"It was a night I'll never forget," Bruce Ure, retired Seguin deputy police chief. 

Invited to Las Vegas by a sponsor for the Route 91 Harvest concert, Ure was backstage when the first shots flew into the venue.

"I came across a guy that was shot terribly in the leg, and he had what's called a femoral artery severed, and you could tell because it was just spurting blood everywhere. Through my training I received as a police officer and prior EMT, I put a tourniquet on him and commandeered a vehicle. I got all of my folks, all three, to the hospital. All three made it, and all three were shot," Ure said.

Saving three lives that night, Ure said it was out of instinct.

"It was like I have never been so focused in my life, and it wasn't me. It was the training and the adrenaline. I'd just gone through a tourniquet class a couple months before that, and so I knew right away what to do," Ure said.

Ure said he stays in contact with the family of the man with the femoral artery wound.

Typically, victims with that injury bleed out in three to five minutes, according to the American Heart Association.

"His name is Zach. Zach is the one who had the terrible leg injury. I talk to his mom quite a bit. It's a very humbling moment to talk with a mother who you helped her son out," Ure said.

Ure is one of 22 officers who received the State of Texas Law Enforcement Medal of Valor for his life-saving actions during the attack.

"I have never been more honored to be standing with a group of folks that care so much about others. That was probably one of the most special days of my life," Ure said.

The heroes that night were not just law enforcement, as Ure said many were just public servants trying to protect others. 

"I think what I saw that day was the worst of humanity and the best of humanity all wrapped up an hour," Ure said.

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