This U.S. Marine Veteran Saved Nearly 70 Orlando Lives

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Orlando Hero Iman Yousuf

As bullets flew through the air amid rapid gunfire at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, patrons froze in their tracks paralyzed with fear. It’s an understandable human reaction that happens when a person’s senses are overloaded with terrifying stimuli.

But one individual had a distinct advantage. His name is Iman Yousuf and he’s a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan. When he heard the gunshots, his training instinctively kicked in.

According to a report in the Marine Corps Times, Yousuf remained level headed and helped to save nearly 70 lives.

“You could just tell it was a high caliber,” said Yousuf, a former sergeant who just left the Marine Corps last month. That’s when his Marine Corps training kicked in, he said. He ran toward a locked door that people had huddled around, too terrified to move.”

Here is what he shared with CBS News:

“And I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ And no one is moving because they are scared,” he explained. “There was only one choice. Either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch a we got everyone that we can out of there.”

You may be wondering how many people he was able to save? Here was his response:

“Probably over 60, 70. As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out and after that we just ran.”

Without a doubt, Iman Yousuf saved many lives that night while risking his own in the process.

Here is what he added in the CBS interview:

“”I wish I could have saved more to be honest,” he said through tears. “There are a lot of people that are dead …there are a lot of people that are dead.”

The 24-year old bouncer former Marine veteran’s presence is worthy of a deep debt of gratitude from all of us. It could have been any one of us in that night club.

We thank him for his service to our country and for his heroic actions at Pulse.

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  • Roy Green

    We were very #HoustonProud that Mr. Yousuf came to #Houston to serve as Honorary Grand Marshall of the 2016 Houston LGBTQ Pride Parade! Thank you, Mr. Yousuf!