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White House says Philadelphia man hero at Las Vegas shooting

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has singled out a Philadelphia financial planner as a hero during Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A visitor to the National Mall at daybreak in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, walks past flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims killed in the Las Vegas shooting. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Sanders told reporters Monday Mike McGarry lay atop younger people at the country music concert targeted by a gunman in a nearby hotel.

McGarry told KYW-TV that he did it because, “I’m 53, they’re in their 20s. I lived a decent life so far, I’d rather them live longer than me.”

McGarry didn’t realize he’d been praised nationally because he was on a flight home when Sanders addressed the media. He says his wife, a registered nurse, was more of a hero than him — putting a tourniquet on one of those wounded.

McGarry says, “We’re just trying to help other people. I don’t think I did anything spectacular.”