Watch The Heartfelt Reunion Between An Army Reserve And The Man He Saved In Las Vegas

"I wouldn't have made it. I know it wouldn't have stopped. I'm very thankful that James was there to help me."

Tom McIntosh and James Lawson — two survivors of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of 59 people and wounded more than 500 others — took part in an emotional reunion on October 3 not far from where the tragedy occurred less than 48 hours before.

Per a segment on The Today Show that aired this morning, McIntosh was one of the hundreds of people injured while attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday night. The Las Vegas native was shot in the leg while helping his wife and another woman escape the gunfire, and he credits Lawson with saving his life. 

"By the time I got over the wall (to safety), my pants were already soaked and my shoe was full of blood,'' McIntosh told Today's Savannah Guthrie in the video below. "I wouldn't have made it. I know it wouldn't have stopped. I'm very thankful that James was there to help me."


Lawson, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and complete stranger to McIntosh prior to October 1, used his previous medical training to save this fellow concertgoers' life. By adjusting a makeshift tourniquet on McIntosh's leg, Lawson was able to keep him alive until the pair reached a nearby hospital.

As seen in the Today video above, after the pair exchanged a hug and words of thanks and appreciation, Lawson recounted his side of the ordeal. "I walked up there and he was actively bleeding, so I adjusted the belt, got it up where it should be, tightened it down," he said of the heroic actions he took to keep McIntosh alive. "We stopped the bleeding and we hung out there for 10-15 minutes and some savior in a pickup truck came."

Though McIntosh recalled being rightfully "terrified," his savior kept it cool and maintained conversation in an effort to to keep McIntosh awake as he continued to lose blood.

While there's no doubt in McIntosh's mind that Lawson's quick thinking is the reason he's alive today, Lawson is hardly looking to be recognized for his heroic actions. "There was dozens and dozens of other concertgoers doing the same thing,' he said in the Today interview. "They couldn't leave anybody behind, they were running back towards the fire to help more people. There's got to be hundreds of stories like this one."

As more and more stories emerge from the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, Lawson's hunch is being proven correct. We've already shared the story of a woman who survived the shooting thanks to a "guardian angel" police officer who shielded her from gunfire, and we've also learned about a man who helped his wounded friend and others reach safety and medical attention.

That man, retired teacher Mike Cronk, said of his gravely injured pal, "I saw him there, and I wasn't gonna leave him."

Echoing Lawson's sentiments, Cronk added, "I am no hero, but there's a lot of heroes out there." 


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