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Nursing student at Pulse stopped running for his life to save stranger

Nursing student at Pulse stopped running for his life to save stranger

Among the stories of heroism at Pulse, both inside and out, is one told by 26-year-old nursing student Joshua McGill, who gave the shirt off his back to save a man’s life, according to The Gaily Grind.

The blue-eyed hunk posted on Facebook his harrowing story of how he had escaped the carnage inside the Orlando nightclub and was hiding behind an SUV when he came across a wounded man named Rodney from Jacksonville, Fla.

The Valencia college student immediately noted that the stranger had been shot at least twice, and used his shirt as well as the wounded man’s to tie tourniquets, as they dodged and weaved their way to safety. Rodney, who told McGill he was 27, had also been shot in the back, and given the urgency, a police officer took the men in a squad car directly to a local emergency room.

“While we were in the car, the police officer was telling me to keep him conscious by asking him questions, and applying pressure,” McGill told CBS and NBC in phone interviews. The officer also directed McGill to use his body weight to help apply that pressure, leaving the nursing student covered in Rodney’s blood.

Once at the hospital, McGill and Rodney parted ways. He’s reached out via Facebook in hopes of reconnecting, and shared his personal account of how he stopped his own dash to escape the gunfire and used his quick-thinking and nursing training to save a life. Read more below, and listen to his interviews with CBS and NBC, here and here.



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