During an interview with Esquire, Richard Hampton aka the Kenny Rogers impersonator in Las Vegas, Nevada recalled his heroic deed during the tragic Route 91 Harvest Festival Mass Shooting. While he dedicated his life paying tribute to the greatness of Kenny Rogers, Richard Hampton, and his unsung greatness to help humanity are far different from the role that he normally plays on stage. This time, Richard Hampton proved that there are still people out there that’ll save others in times of dangerous events.
Richard Hampton, Las Vegas Shooting
Here’s the story of Richard Hampton following his story of saving Jennifer and the rest of her friends who were having a Bachelorette party:
“I’ve always loved country music concerts. The sense of community and love in the crowd is actually what inspired me to be a Kenny Rogers impersonator and it’s what keeps my wife of 40 years, Cheryl, and I coming back to shows, like the one on Sunday.
Jason Aldean had just gotten on stage when we heard the shots. We thought they were fireworks. Cheryl said, “Really? That’s a sick joke for someone to play with firecrackers during a concert.” But then all hell broke loose. People were running. People were running over people. People were getting trampled. And bodies started falling around us. There was blood and chaos, and we needed to get out of there, fast.
We were a couple hundred feet from the stage and ran to our red minivan that was parked in a lot across the street as fast as we could.
As we jumped in the car, a group of young girls named Meghann, Jamie, Elisa, and Kaytelyne, they were from California on a bachelorette party, begged us to let them in. They were scared to death. I told them, “Stay calm, girls, I’m going to get you to a safe place.
Her friend was slumped over in a wheelchair and she was bleeding. There was so much blood we couldn’t tell where it was coming from. Her head? Her neck? Her stomach? I think it was her chest and head. But there was no doubt in our minds, it looked real bad
We must have had about 10 people crammed in the van at this point. The girls in the back helped stretch out the woman who was bleeding. Her name was Jennifer. I turned on my flashers and started honking, driving past other cars. We needed to get her to the hospital or she was going to die.
The medics told me she was going to ICU where they’d keep her alive. The bachelorette party wanted to go home, so we dropped them off. I don’t feel like I saved them or anything, it’s just human decency.
I like to think that if I was in this situation, someone would do the same for me.”
Here’s to you, Richard Hampton and here’s to hoping that there are more people like that’ll be inspired by your story.
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