A Texas deputy police chief in Las Vegas the night a gunman opened fire on the crowd of thousands of concertgoers reflected on Monday one year after the deadly attack.
Seguin PD Deputy Chief Bruce Ure said tragedy changed his life, but he's trying to turn the horrific event into a teaching moment.
“It still seems partly surreal, the whole experience, but you know it's made me a different person,” Ure said.
Gunman Stephen Paddock sprayed a crowd of 22,000 with 1,100 rounds of ammo -- killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others.
“I still wake up at night. I'm told by my wife that I still wake up at night and do just a little bit of shouting. I still dream that I'm there,” Ure said.
At first he thought the shots were fireworks, but he quickly realized bullets were raining down from above.
“Our first priority was to try to help people and coral them and try to get them to run away from where the Mandalay Bay was, behind the stage,” Ure said.
He stopped to help a young man shot in the leg.
“Everybody was just running on him, just stepping on him, hundreds of people. In fact, so much so, after the event when I talked to his mom, his mom told me the thing that broke her heart the most was seeing all the boot prints and shoe prints on his back,” Ure said.
Ure applied a tourniquet, then two other women who'd been shot were brought to him for help. He managed to get all three into a stranger's car who drove them to the hospital.
“His car will never be the same because it's just full of blood,” Ure said.
All three victims survived and doctors saved the man's leg.
Ure says taking care of his mental health was a top priority after the shooting. The fourth call he made that day was to a psychologist with the Seguin Police Department. He knew if he was going to be ok moving forward he'd need help dealing with the emotional toll.
Since then, Ure's added new purpose to his life -- teaching active shooter response training for others who may find themselves in a similar situation.
“I would have never thought I needed to know or tell people this is what you do if someone starts shooting at the place where you are at,” Ure said.