The horrifying mass shootings that occurred last week in El Paso and Dayton left the entire world in shock. The devastating images and footage we have witnessed are simply heartbreaking.
But out of this devastating chaos, there have been stories of humanity and solidarity and people helping one another, even risking their lives for total strangers.
Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley was shopping at Walmart in El Paso, Texas last week when a child ran into the store and shouted there was a shooter. Nobody seemed to pay him any attention except for Oakley.
“I wasn’t even worried about myself.”
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”I just heard two gunshots and a whole bunch of people started running around and screaming,” Oakley revealed to CNN.
According to Task & Purpose, Oakley found more than a dozen children in one of the store’s play areas, crying for their parents. “I didn’t even think. I just grabbed as many kids as I could and ran five stores down to the exit.” Oakley said.
Oakley and another man started corralling children. There were about 13 kids but Oakley could only carry three. Oakley said, “I was just focused on the kids, I wasn’t really worried about myself. So just put my head down and just ran as fast as I could.”
“They were anxious, when they were in my arms, they were trying to jump out of my arms but trying to keep them as tight as possible. They are kids, so they don’t understand what is going on.” He further revealed.
Soon, Oakley ran into police pointing their guns at him and the kids. He said he let the kids go and pulled out his phone ‘in case they were going to shoot me and started recording while I was running.’
Pfc. Glendon Oakley, a soldier stationed at Fort Bliss, helped children to safety inside Cielo Vista Mall after a gunman opened fire at the nearby Walmart.
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But he says he only did what he was supposed to do and doesn’t want the limelight on him. “I understand it was heroic, and I’m looked at as a hero for it, but that wasn’t the reason for me …,” Oakley told KFOX as he broke down in tears Sunday.
“I’m just focused on the kids I could not get and the families that were lost. It hurts me, like, they were part of me. I don’t even know the people that died or the kids that I took with me … I want to reach out to the families that were lost and the families that lost their children because the focus should not be on me.”
Thank you sir for saving those poor kids and getting them out of a deadly situation. And thank you for your military service. We appreciate you very much.