Off-duty soldier Glendon Oakley is being hailed as a hero after he rescued children from the shooting in El Paso, Texas—but he’s already haunted by the young lives he wasn't able to save.
“What I did was what I was supposed to do,” he stated. “I understand that it was heroic and I’m looked at as a hero for it, but that wasn’t the reason for me…I’m just focused on the kids that I could not get and the families that were lost because it hurts me like I lost—like they were part of me.”
Oakley said he was shopping for a sports jersey at a local store when a kid ran in to warn of a shooter at a nearby Walmart. He and others rushed to the scene to help.
“I was thinking that if my child, if I had one, was in the same predicament, what would I want someone else to do?” he told KTSM.