Two friends, Stephanie Davies, 21 and Allie Young, 18, had the misfortune of attending the midnight showing of the new Batman film in Aurora, CO last week. Like others, they were stunned when a madman stepped out of the crowd and began firing into the audience. What happened next is a true example of heroism.
Young was hit in the neck by two of the gunman’s bullets. With blood spurting from her wound, she told Davies to leave. Davies, however did no such thing, instead, she applied pressure to her friend’s wound and stayed with her. With one hand on the wound, she used her free hand to call 911.
While we’ve heard lots of stories of men stepping up, even paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect their girlfriends, wives and women protecting their families, it is not often we hear of such acts of bravery from female friends.
Davies put her own life in jeopardy to stay with her friend when she could have saved herself. It demonstrates the powerful bond of friendship and the depth of caring these two women shared.
Once the women were able to leave the theater, Davies continued her heroic efforts, carrying he friend across two parking lots to reach an ambulance.
In a speech President Obama gave after visiting the survivors of the shooting, he cited Davies heroism and credited her with saving her friends life, saying he would not have been able to speak with Young had it not been for Davies actions.
Young says the fact that Davies stayed with her and saved her life when her carotid artery exploded is very emotional for her, something she’ll carry with her the rest of her life.