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Petition site to President Trump: Honor Buena Park hero hurt in Las Vegas mass shooting with Presidential Medal of Freedom

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

The online petition site, Care2, has begun its own campaign asking President Donald Trump to honor the heroic efforts of a Buena Park man who took a bullet to the neck while saving dozens of festival goers during the Las Vegas mass shooting.

“At Care2, we believe in honoring our heroes. And we believe that thirty year-old copy machine repairman Jonathan Smith deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” read the post, which on Thursday afternoon has nearly reached its goal of 4,000 signatures.

Smith was at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday night when authorities say 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on the crowd of 22,000 from a hotel room inside the Mandalay Bay resort.

Jonathan Smith, 30, saved ~30 people last night before he was shot in the neck. He might live w/the bullet for rest of his life. #vegasstrip

— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) October 2, 2017

Smith was at the country music concert with family members when the shooting began. After getting his family to safety, he ran back to help others escape Paddock’s bullets, The Washington Post has reported.

“Just how many lives Smith — who had no special training or unique obligation to help — saved from the killer isn’t immediately clear,” read the petition site post. “Some sources have reported him rescuing as many as 30 people. But regardless of the number, Smith has a bullet in his neck now, and it is a grim reminder that true bravery isn’t without risk.”

Smith’s story has gone viral in the days after the shooting and a GoFundMe set up by Tiffany Jones — Smith’s girlfriend’s sister — to help pay for his medical costs has raised more than $68,000 for the 30-year-old and […]    

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