Sgt. Michael Vura and Sgt. Austin Cox, both stationed at Camp Pendleton, were recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for exposing themselves to a barrage of gunfire to provide first aid to victims of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas. The shooting remains the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in modern U.S. history, taking the lives of 58 people and injuring many more.
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. David Bickel)
Sgt. Vura and Sgt. Cox were joined at the ceremony by friends, family, fellow marines and by family members of Katrina Hannah.
Katrina Hannah is a Route 91 survivor that since the shooting has undergone an intense recovery from her wounds that initially rendered her quadriplegic. Katrina was struck twice by the shooter in the neck and shoulder area but was quickly evacuated by the two marines who began what would prove to be life-saving first aid, plugging her wounds with their fingers to stop the bleeding.
Thanks to the heroism of these two brave Marines, Katrina has since regained the ability to walk, has earned a degree in business administration and was recently a bridesmaid.
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