Veteran talks to man who shielded him, dying wife, after Vegas shooting
KWTX 10 News
October 5, 2017
WACO, Texas (KWTX) An Army veteran whose wife of 32 years was killed in the Las Vegas shooting rampage heads home Friday, but not before he talked to the stranger who shielded him and his dying wife as shots rang out.
“It was a selfless act of kindness,” Tony Burditus said Thursday.
His wife Denise was among the 58 who died when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip.
Burditus will fly back to West Virginia Friday after the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office released his wife’s body.
But before he left Las Vegas he had an emotional phone conversation with the stranger who threw himself on top of the couple as bullets flew.
Sam Porter, a CPA from California, was attending the three-day music festival outside the Mandalay Bay hotel with 15 friends, mostly Los Angeles firefighters, when bullets began to rain down around them.
As news organizations began to identify the shooting victims and showed photographs, Porter immediately recognized Denise.
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