Just read this report from Tennessee on one of the heroic victims in Las Vegas:

At about 10 p.m. on Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire onto concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing at least 58 people and injuring 515 more. One of the victims was Sonny Melton. But who is Sonny Melton? Here’s what you should know about one of the people who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy.

Melton, 29, was a nurse from Big Sandy, Tennessee, a small town about 150 miles northeast of Memphis. He used his body to protect his wife, orthopedic surgeon Doctor Heather Gulish Melton, from gunfire at the festival, according to his best friend Jeremy Butler, who spoke to The Paris Post-Intelligencer.

“At this point, I’m in complete disbelief and despair. I don’t know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving man I have ever met. He saved my life and lost his,” his wife said in a statement to Fox 17 News.

According to Melton’s Facebook page, he was a registered nurse at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. He studied finance at the University of Tennessee at Martin and nursing at Union University. He also checked into the Route 91 Harvest Festival on September 29 at 10:04 p.m.


Sonny and Heather Melton got married about a year ago and have lived in Big Sandy ever since. Butler said the couple was in the process of building a house on Kentucky Lake, a major reservoir along the Tennessee River in Kentucky and Tennessee.

“He’s been my best friend since I was three. His mom is like a second mother to me,” Butler said.

#prayforlasvegas

H/T: Elite Daily

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