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Orefield man's goodwill saves lives in Vegas attack

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OREFIELD, Pa. - "I landed at about 9:30 in Vegas," David Parsons said.

They say timing is everything. It can be good or bad depending how you look at it.

For Orefield's David Parsons, perhaps a bit of both.

30 minutes after getting off a plane, Parsons ended up right in the middle of the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

But Parsons wouldn't know that then, he just knew he was in trouble. He turned the only way he could in that moment -- right.

"I ended up in a dead end in an apartment complex, everyone was cowering and they pointed up and that's when i looked up and saw the flashes," he said.

It was the flashes of gunfire from Mandalay Bay. He turned around again to find another dead end. His gut instinct was to get out, until his heart overrode it. 

"Someone said, 'hey can you help me,'" Parsons said.

The wounded security officer jumped in Parson's rental car.

"I was just trying to keep him from shocking, keeping his hand elevated," he said.

Parsons dropped him off at a line of ambulances but that wouldn't be the first, or last ride of the night.

Parsons came in contact with three teens who'd just helped two other victims get help. Now they needed help too. Parsons drove them to the other side of town.

"They were calling their parents, probably the most heart-aching calls to hear," Parsons said.

Also too painful are the videos that captured the hell he lived through.

"I'm not watching it on the news," he said. 

Parsons cut his trip short. Now, left with questions, what ifs, and disbelief with not even a whisper of a motive.

"God gives us free will, not everyone uses it the right way," he said.

But some do. Parsons was free to run but instead, he was willing to help.


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