Tom McIntosh was shot in the leg while helping his wife and another Route 91 Harvest Festival concert-goer escape during the Las Vegas tragedy that claimed at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured.
If it hadn't been for James Lawson, McIntosh would've bled to death.
McIntosh recalled the horrific events from that night. “I jumped over the wall and kind of walked trying to get away [but I was] bleeding really bad,” he told Today Show host Savannah Guthrie. “My pants were already soaked and my shoe was full of blood.”
Lawson, who was in training as an EMT for the Army Reserves, discovered McIntosh and immediately knew to fix the belt used as a makeshift tourniquet.
“I walked up there and he was actively bleeding,” Lawson said, noting that the belt was in the wrong spot. “I adjusted the belt, got it up there where it should be, tightened it down, stopped the bleeding, hung out there for 10-15 minutes and some savior in a pickup truck asked if we needed a ride. We said, ‘Yeah’ and threw them all in the bed of a pickup truck and we took off the hospital.”
“I wouldn’t have made it,” McIntosh said after sharing a tearful hug with his hero. “I’m very thankful that James was there to help me.”
During the interview, McIntosh explained that he never got a chance to thank the stranger who saved his life. Until now.
“Thanks buddy. I really appreciate it,” McIntosh told his hero. “I was terrified.”
A humble Lawson explained that he was one of many out there that night helping out those in need.
"There was dozens and dozens of other concert goers doing the same thing," he said. "They couldn’t leave anyone behind — they were running back towards the fire to help people. Hundreds of stories like this one."
There was an additional hero who played a part in saving McIntosh's life: The driver who transported them to the hospital.
“I do want to say that whoever was driving that Maroon F-350, thank you,” Lawson said. “It could have been a whole different night if he wasn’t there where he was.”
Heroes saving heroes..this injured man saved the lives of his wife and the other woman he pushed over the wall before being shot himself.— Joetta Houghton (@Joetta_Houghton) October 3, 2017
All the feels. Thank you for reminding me that in he midst of evil- love exists. And love will always win over evil.— Jennifer Tantillo (@jelyei) October 4, 2017
To James and all of the other unnamed heroes, thank you!!— Thomas Williams (@Willitfw) October 3, 2017
No matter who we voted for, color skin we have, from north or south, at the end of the day we all bleed red & we take care of each other.— Jessica (@cstlofglss) October 3, 2017
You can watch the beautiful reunion from The Today Show segment with Savannah Guthrie in the video below.