Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Becomes a Police Officer: ‘I Want to Be That Person for Someone Else’

An Oregon woman is turning the tragedy of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas into an opportunity to help others.

Ten months after a gunman open fired at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lauren Card was sworn in as a police officer in the city of Springfield, Oregon, The Register-Guard reported.

The 23-year-old attended the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, during which a gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 500, becoming the worst mass murder in U.S. history.

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Card recalled the “madness and craziness” of the shooting, but added that she was inspired by the relief she felt when police officers showed up in the midst of the chaos.

“And in that moment, I kind of had a sense that, ‘OK, the police are here,'” Card said. “They are going to fix it. They are going to make it better.”

“I want to be that person for someone else in that situation,” she added.

Watch her get sworn in:

Card, along with her mother, her mother’s long-time boyfriend and his daughter, started running, pushing their way out of the crowd and crawling under their riser-style VIP suite during the shooting.

Describing the incident, the long-time boyfriend told The Register-Guard, “It sounded like fireworks … but then all of a sudden, I heard more shots.”

They began running, climbing fences and a 10-foot brick wall and then took cover in the MGM Grand hotel. The airport was on lockdown, so they drove to Arizona in a rental car and took the next flight home.

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Springfield police Lt. Scott McKee was told by Card that the experience will help her in the field because she “knows what it’s like to be shot at” and what her response will be if she ever finds herself under fire again.

“I don’t want this to affect me in such a negative way and let it ruin my life,” Card said. “I want to do something with this, show that you can move on, you’re strong.”

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