Off-duty British soldier who ran towards danger to help Las Vegas shooting victims awarded for his bravery

Trooper Ross Woodward, from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, has received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery, for his exceptional services during the Las Vegas massacre


                            Off-duty British soldier who ran towards danger to help Las Vegas shooting victims awarded for his bravery

A British soldier, who saved the lives of many wounded people in last year's Las Vegas massacre that killed 58, has reportedly won a bravery award in the latest round of military honors. Trooper Ross Woodward, from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, has received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery, for his exceptional services during the mass shooting.

Woodward, who described receiving the honor as a 'total surprise', had been enjoying a trip to the US gambling capital after undergoing a desert training exercise in Nevada. It was then that gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on concert-goers at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

It was reported that Paddock rained about 1,100 rounds of ammunition that night, and in the process killed 58 people and left close to 851 injured, in what is considered to be America's worst-ever mass shooting. Woodward, who was off duty that day, took up his duty as a soldier and guided people to safety and tended to those who had been injured amidst all the chaos.

Trooper Ross Woodward, 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, is being recognised for his bravery when confronted with a mass shooting in Las Vegas in October last year. (Source: MOD)
Trooper Ross Woodward, 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, is being recognised for his bravery when confronted with a mass shooting in Las Vegas in October last year. (Source: MOD)

The 24-year-old from Beeston, Nottinghamshire, said: "Anyone in the military would have done the same. To me it just felt like the right thing to do, because people were there and needed my help, I just did not want to walk away and leave them. If I ever need help, I hope and pray that someone would help me."

While describing the incident, the father-of-one said there were people "screaming, shouting, looking for loved ones" and that it was "a lot of chaos". He further revealed that his most striking memory from the day was of the first casualty he treated, a man who had been shot in the back, and who later died in Woodward's arms.

Mourners hold their candles in the air during a moment of silence during a vigil to mark one week since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mourners hold their candles in the air during a moment of silence during a vigil to mark one week since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, on the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

"I came across a man who was in distress, in a lot of discomfort - he was on the floor," he said. "I tried to reassure him that I wasn't going to leave him, he thought I was going to go - I promised I wasn't going to go anywhere," he added. "I stayed by him, and a few moments passed and there was no response from him - I found out that he had passed away."

Trooper Woodward's award citation states he "displayed conspicuous bravery, outstanding leadership and unwavering selflessness" during the incident. "He consciously, deliberately and repeatedly advanced towards danger, moving people to safety and treating casualties," it adds. "There is no doubt that his assistance to the US first responders saved lives. His actions were exceptional and he is fully deserving of nation-wide recognition."

Nevada Army National Guard members take position on Tropicana Avenue near the Las Vegas Strip as revelers gather on December 31, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Nevada Army National Guard members take position on Tropicana Avenue near the Las Vegas Strip as revelers gather on December 31, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)