Metro Police released the photos of the officers who Sheriff Joe Lombardo pointed out as heroes during Friday’s news conference.
“There’s a thousand heroes out there today, but I’m going to bring it home to my department, and I think it’s important for you to hear it,” said Sheriff Lombardo.
Sgt. Gregory Everett and other police officers and off-duty police officers showed up to the scene and triaged at least 50 gunshot victims.
“These officers calmly took care of the wounded and the dying as they waited for medical transport,” Sheriff Lombardo said. “Not all of the victims made it out as the night wore on. Those same officers were assigned to guard the deceased victims, not allowing any of them to be left alone.”
Sheriff Lombardo went on to discuss how he and the Undersheriff, Kevin McMahill visited some of the officers to see how they were doing and to discuss their mental state.
“There’s a couple of key individuals I want you to write about, Sheriff Lombardo said to the media. “One of them is Brady Cook. Brady sustained four separate gunshot wounds. And when I say separate that’s entries and exits. That’s not actually for separate bullets. The important piece on Brady is that the suspect was firing on the crowd, and as our officers started to arrive via vehicles, which Brady was occupying one, it is readily apparent to me that he adjusted his fire and directed toward the police vehicles. So, the response of those individuals, I believe, saved lives.”
According to Sheriff Lombardo, Cook who sustained wounds to his shoulder, through his bicep, into his chest, and out his back, asked Friday if he could return to work.
Samuel Wittwer sustained a broken leg during the melee and his attempt to evacuate victims.
According to Metro Police, the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, shot and killed 58 people at a country music festival on Oct. 1. He fired his shots from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. A total of 546 other people were injured.