As the media continues to try and make sense of the senseless shooting in Dallas, much of the focus will be on Micah Johnson, the gunman behind the tragedy.
In the wake of such tragedy, however, there are always unsung heroes who are the quiet healers of mass pain.
Here are just a few of those stories
1) Shetamia Taylor
The 37-year-old mom was peacefully protesting with her sons in downtown Dallas when shots rang out. She reportedly threw herself in front of her children to protect them. While shielding her 15-year-old son, she was shot in the calf by a stray bullet.
Her sister, Theresa Williams, described the incident to ABC reporters:
“She jumped on top to cover him on the ground as she pushed him in between two cars in the curb,” Williams said. “All she could think about was her other three boys — where are they at.”
2) Salvation Army and Red Cross Volunteers
— Salvation Army USA (@SalvationArmyUS) July 8, 2016
The Salvation Army has set up trucks to serve food and drinks to first responders in the tragic aftermath.
Volunteers from the Red Cross have set up coolers with “cold water, snacks and comfort.”
3) The Man Who Handed a Rose to a Dallas Police Officer
— M I K E ?? M c C R A Y (@yomike) July 8, 2016
The morning after the shooting, a man who goes by John Fife handed an officer guarding the Dallas Police headquarters a single rose in a touching moment of gratitude.
4) The Police Officers Who Comforted Scared Citizens In The Aftermath of The Shooting
This Dallas Police Officer is attempting to calm a woman down amidst the confusion of the crowd after an initial arrest was made following the sniper shooting.
5) The Response of Police After Initial Shots Were Fired
— WFAA (@wfaa) July 8, 2016
About a minutes into the video above, you can see a bike cop on foot as he directs frightened people away from the sound of shots. This is immediately after the the first round was fired. As he runs towards danger, he does everything he can to turn people away from it.
6) Those Who Have Donated Blood
In the face of evil, we will continue to choose to see the good in humanity. The first man in the blood donation chair…
Plano Police Department asks donors to give blood in honor of Dallas shooting victims |… https://t.co/BcPVFNxE3c
— Jon Hubach (@sirbach) July 8, 2016
On the DFW Red Cross Page, a recent post reads:
“In the face of evil, we will continue to choose to see the good in humanity. The first man in the blood donation chair this morning was a Dallas Police Department officer, and the generosity of our community and Dallas citizens has been pouring in ever since.”
7) The Officers Who Stood By Peaceful Protestors and Offered Protection Before The Shooting
The Dallas Police Department tweeted this picture of police officers and a demonstrator peacefully coexisting before the shooting occurred.
8) The People Who Surrounded a Baby Stroller to Protect It Amidst Gunfire
Nate Homan, a former Boston Metro writer, posted this picture to his Facebook of people surrounding a baby stroller as the gunfire erupted. He penned a heartfelt caption:
“In the middle of the horror, in the wake of nightmare, amid the outrage and the call to arms is this moment of humanity: People, black and white, surrounded a baby stroller in Dallas as the gunfire broke out. This is the better nature of our angels. This is who we are and who we should strive to be.”
9) Those Who Made a Makeshift Memorial Outside of Dallas PD Headquarters
— Corbett Smith (@corbettsmithDMN) July 8, 2016
The day after the evening’s horror, a police car was covered with flowers. It shows the outpouring of grief felt by an entire community.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown just offered this sentiment as he spoke to crowds about the shooting: “All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”