A British soldier who “repeatedly superior in the direction of hazard” in the course of the Las Vegas bloodbath has been recognised for his bravery.

Trooper Ross Woodward, 24, was off responsibility when a gunman opened hearth on festival-goers on the Mandalay Bay Lodge in October final 12 months, killing 58 folks and wounding 500.

Mr Woodward acquired the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery after he “displayed conspicuous bravery, excellent management and unwavering selflessness”.

Las Vegas police stand guard along the streets outside the festival grounds of the Route 91 Harvest


Las Vegas police pictured in the course of the taking pictures on the Mandalay Bay Lodge

“He consciously, intentionally and repeatedly superior in the direction of hazard, transferring folks to security and treating casualties,” the award said.

The daddy-of-one from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards helped deal with folks with gunshot wounds and guided others to security. He mentioned the honour got here as a “whole shock” as “anybody within the navy would have completed the identical”.

“To me it simply felt like the suitable factor to do, as a result of folks had been there and wanted my assist. I simply didn’t need to stroll away and depart them.

“If I ever need assistance, I hope and pray that somebody would assist me.”

Stephen Paddock


Stephen Paddock killed 58 folks in a taking pictures from the Mandalay Bay Lodge

Trooper Woodward, from Beeston, Nottinghamshire, was visiting the playing mecca when Steven Paddock began firing from his resort room.

He witnessed “plenty of chaos” and listening to folks “screaming, shouting, in search of family members”.

One of many folks he helped was a person in his 30s who had been shot within the again and was struggling to breathe.

“I attempted to reassure him that I wasn’t going to depart him,” he mentioned.

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“I stayed by him, and some moments handed and there was no response from him – I came upon that he had handed away.”

Six troopers from the identical regiment helped within the wake of the taking pictures and had been praised by the prime minister for serving to victims.

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