Sol­dier re­ceives Queen’s brav­ery award for Las Ve­gas hero­ics

The Herald on Sunday - - THE WEEK -

A BRI­TISH sol­dier who rushed to the aid of those in­jured in the Las Ve­gas mas­sacre has been dec­o­rated in the lat­est round of mil­i­tary hon­ours.

Trooper Ross Wood­ward, from 1st The Queen’s Dra­goon Guards, has re­ceived the Queen’s Com­men­da­tion for Brav­ery – some­thing he said has come as a “to­tal sur­prise”.

He had been en­joy­ing a trip to the US gam­bling cap­i­tal fol­low­ing a desert train­ing ex­er­cise in Ne­vada when gun­man Stephen Pad­dock opened fire on fes­ti­val-go­ers at the Man­dalay Bay Ho­tel.

As bul­lets rained down, the 24-year-old from Bee­ston, Not­ting­hamshire – who was off-duty and had been nearby – turned to­wards dan­ger, and de­spite the chaos guided peo­ple to safety and tended to those who had been in­jured.

“Any­one in the mil­i­tary would have done the same,” he told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

“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.”

Just weeks be­fore be­ing de­ployed on the train­ing ex­er­cise, Trooper Wood­ward said they had un­der­taken a team medic course, mean­ing the skills were fresh in his mind.

The fa­ther-of-one said there were peo­ple “scream­ing, shout­ing, look­ing for loved ones” and that there was “a lot of chaos”.

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