The weekend left the nation with many raw emotions after there were two mass shootings, killing a total of 31 people. But for one survivor of the shooting that occurred in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, things just got much more emotional.
Survivor Christopher Grant’s world was rocked when he was shopping at the Walmart in El Paso on Saturday.
He attempted to deter the shooter by chucking soda bottles at the gunman, but was then shot near his rib cage, he told CNN. He then ran to the auto department of the store, where he met his “guardian angel.”
CBP officer Donna Sifford helped mend to Grant’s wounds and brought him to shelter. “She was there for me. She never left my side,” he said.
Grant had the opportunity to meet with Sifford once again, as they reunited at the hospital.
“This is my guardian angel Donna,” Grant told Sifford, adding, “… I honestly think that you saved my life, I do.”
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"This is my guardian angel Donna. … I honestly think you saved my life, I do."
El Paso survivor Christopher Grant reunites with Customs and Border Protection Officer Donna Sifford, who saved his life after he was shot at Walmart on Saturday. https://t.co/9gCoUVNy3q pic.twitter.com/mvhG8VJzeP
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The CBP officer noted that when they heard gunshots, they tried to help as many people as possible out of the store. She described the moment with Grant:
“We were trying to keep him calm. He tried to fade out a couple of times. We just told him, ‘Chris, stay with us.’ That’s when we called his mother. We were able to get the phone number and we called his mom, and his mom was actually hiding in a container in the back of the store.”
Sifford said she was worried about Grant after he left the scene, but she was “so ecstatic that he made it. We bonded out there, and I’m just happy to see that he’s doing well.”
“We’re going to be friends forever,” she added of their bond.
While some in recent months have sought to criticize border law enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border amid the migrant crisis, the recent tragedy is shedding light on one officer’s heroic action.