When Vegas shooting started, Tacoma doctor sent his wife back to hotel and stayed to help

When Vegas shooting started, Tacoma doctor sent his wife back to hotel and stayed to help
Retired JBLM surgeon helped victims during Las Vegas shooting
“This was worse. War is war,” he said Wednesday evening in an interview in his home in Thurston County. “This was 22,000 people just enjoying a concert. It was very frustrating not being able to help people. I know what they needed, but I just didn’t have anything.”

As bullets flew in Las Vegas, Tacoma surgeon improvised to help victims

"We were just reacting.  I don't think we were thinking, we were just reacting," said Williams.  "Like Jim said, there's no heroes per se, just a lot of willing people I saw trying to help others survive any way they could."“We were going getting one person and then going back and getting other people. It was all a blur. We didn’t have anything. We just knew we needed to get people to a place where there are medical supplies,” said Sebesta.

At some point, the men became separated, and Williams teamed up with a group of firefighters. He was struck by the way one fire captain in particular was able to offer comfort and keep people calm. And while the concert field was filled with nurses, doctors, first responders and EMTs, there were plenty of regular people without any medical experience who also stayed to help, he said.

fatally shot 58 people at the festival from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and then shot himself.You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser or activate Google Chrome Frame to improve your experience.According to a viral Facebook post, Dr. James Sebesta was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when a gunman fired hundreds of rounds from his Mandalay Bay hotel room into the 22,000 people below him.

Sebesta said he lost track of time but estimated he spent about an hour at the concert site, and said he had no way of knowing whether the gunfire would resume.

"I mean we didn't have anything," he said.  "We had no supplies, we didn't have an gurneys.  We were just trying to load people into trucks and send them to the hospital."Tacoma resident Dean McAuley, a firefighter/EMT for Valley Regional Fire Authority in Auburn, talks about his role in the evacuation and rescue of a 17-year-old shooting victim from the mass killings in Las Vegas.

“We went from person to person trying to get the people who were still alive out of there, and then went back after that and got some of the people who had expired, “ Sebesta recalled.

“He, in the midst of chaos and fearful, went out and started finding the wounded and medically helping them … He carried victims to safety. He carried bodies of those victims that didn’t make it off the field,” she wrote.

Dr. Sebesta (r), brought friend, Stephen Williams (l) to press conference. Both men helped victims. Dr.: This story isn't about one guy.

Dr. James Sebesta of Tacoma was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman fired hundreds of rounds from his Mandalay Bay hotel room, killing 59 and injuring over 500. Sebesta stayed behind with panicked people in the crowd to treat their wounds.


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