We have already reported the story of Taylor Winston, the 29-year-old former Marine who transported the wounded to a hospital in a
stolen tactically acquired truck in the wake of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. It turns out he wasn’t the only serviceman who thought helping was his duty — There was another called Brendan Kelly.
Brendan Kelly, 21, met 23-year-old Renee Cesario just two hours before the concert, but now she is dubbing him a hero. When Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from a 32nd-floor window in the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Cesario says that Kelly tackled her to the ground and then and then pulled her to safety.
In a lengthy, impassioned Facebook post, Cesario wrote about how Kelly had saved her life; “Brendan and I met only two hours before the Jason Aldean show. I left my friends so we could go up super close to the front for the end of the night. We were just dancing and having fun and then all of the sudden there were loud noises that sounded like fireworks, but no lights were going off.”
“It stopped, and Jason Aldean kept playing but then the shots fired again and he ran off the stage. Before I knew what was going on, Brendan tackled me down to the ground and covered me from the fire.
“It stopped again and he looked around to see what was happening and then it just kept going. He looked at me and said ‘We have to get out of here. We can’t stay here. It’s not safe.'”
“Then he pulled my arm up to get me out of the piles of people. We had no idea who was dead or who was alive. We just started to run. He kept telling me it was going to be okay and to keep running until we were safe.
“He even let me use his phone to stay in touch with my sister so she knew I was safe, which is the text you’ll see. The whole night he didn’t leave my side,” she concluded her post.
It wasn’t just Cesario that gave Kelly’s actions glowing reviews. His friend and fellow marine, Chance Wilk, told CBS, “He’s not that type of Marine…he doesn’t seek attention, recognition, or fame. He does it because he’s a genuinely good guy and American hero.”