First responder’s still processing 1 October tragedy ahead of 1-year anniversary

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On Monday, the Las Vegas valley will remember the people lost on 1 October.  As survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history continue to heal, first responders specifically deal with memories of running into the line of fire.

Glen Simpson, the director of special operations for Community Ambulance says he’s still processing everything to this day. He and 20 other community ambulance employees dropped everything on that fateful night to help those in need.

“A lot of my memories from that night are watching people die,” Simpson said.  “Never in my wildest dreams did I think someone would be shooting from above.”

While dealing with sorrow…from one devastating night, Simpson sifts through flashbacks of fear. 

“Knowing that okay, if I run and get hit in the back of the leg, I wonder what that is going to feel like,” Simpson said.  

As the director of special operations for community ambulance… Simpson coordinated an entire team to cover the event.

“It’s difficult for me because I was the one that assigned all 15 employees to work that event. That was all me,” Simpson said. 

“We had five employees that were off duty that they could have left; they chose not to, they chose to help us,” Simpson said. “They chose to take roles I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone.”

According to Simpson, once things took a turn for the worst he and his crew stayed in the line of fire to save lives. 

“You see things you never thought you would see in your life,” Simpson said.  “You hear things, you feel things, you smell things.”

Now, nearly a year later he’s still healing from what occurred. 

“I said I’ll be alright in three weeks, then 3 weeks happened, four weeks happened, five weeks happened, six weeks happened, even to this day I’m still processing a lot of it,” Simpson said.  “I wonder in 15 years, in 20 years, am I going to have those same feelings.”

Simpson’s poignant sense of pride gained from that night is in line with Clark County’s new “Vegas Stronger” slogan.

“We’re not going to let some power that decided to do something so evil shut us down and keep us from what we all come here to do,” Simpson said.

Simpson said one of his college friends did die in the 1 October shootings that night.

 did have a friend from college who died that night.  According to Simpson, although 58 people died, he and his teammates are grateful they were able to save hundreds of others.

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