Presidential Medal of Freedom for Latino Security Guard: Jesus Campos
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There were many heroes during the Las Vegas tragedy that need to be recognized and honored.
The first should be Jesus Campos, a Latino security guard who played an absolutely critical role in stopping the gunman from killing more innocent people.
On the night of October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada as a killer continued to unload modified semi-automatic weapons into a crowd of thousands, one man would prevent his massacre from continuing: Jesus Campos, an unarmed guard.
Campos was the first person to reach the shooter at his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where he had amassed an arsenal of 23 weapons, with scopes, and an array of cameras to monitor the corridor outside of his base. Campos took the elevator to the 32nd floor, approaching the room where the killer had barricaded himself. When the gunman saw the guard approaching the room, he shot through the door, hitting Campos in the right leg and leaving him wounded.
In distracting the shooter, Campos pulled him away from the window, where he had fired round after round into thousands of civilians. "I think that only God knows that number," says David Hickey, president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) when asked how many people Campos had prevented from facing the shooter's bullets, "but we certainly know that he distracted the gunman and so lives were saved."
After giving the location of the shooter, Campos did not stop there. He continued to clear rooms on the floor with police despite his wounds. He only stopped when ordered to by police because of his injuries.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said: "His bravery was amazing because he remained with our officers, providing them the key pass to access the door, and continued to help them clear rooms until our officers demanded he seek medical attention," Lombardo said.
We ask President Trump to recognize Jesus Campos with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
This will be a great message to the world, to reaffirm that some of America's greatest heroes are Latino Americans.
We also ask that the shooter's name shall not be mentioned in the official record. He should only be referred to as "the killer", "the gunman" or "the shooter".
I ask you to consider awarding Jesus Campos, the Latino security guard who put his life on the line and potentially saved countless lives in Las Vegas, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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