THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A sheriff’s sergeant who was killed when a gunman opened fireplace inside a California bar is being honored as a hero. As an American flag was raised into the sky Thursday, scores of individuals carrying their very own flags gathered outdoors the hospital to pay their respect to.
Within the crowd, there have been individuals who knew him.
“He went out an actual hero. We’re very happy with who he’s,” one particular person stated.
There have been others he additionally by no means met.
“He did his finest. He did not should however he did it as a result of it was in his blood,” one particular person stated.
Harrison King and Alexis Tait noticed Helus’ bravery first hand. They had been contained in the Borderline Bar & Grill when the bullets rang out.
“He went in to make it in order that different individuals are OK, you realize. It is one thing that I want I used to be OK to do, however sadly I am unable to, in order that’s why I am ensuring that he will get remembered,” King stated.
The one-hour procession by way of the streets was stuffed with unhappiness and silent salutes on quite a few overpasses. Every second was captured by TV cameras and broadcast reside on cable networks as People grappled with one other mass taking pictures.
Helus was on the cellphone along with his spouse Karen when he obtained the decision that there was a taking pictures. He was a 12 months away from retirement after 29 years on the job. However he was the primary to enter the constructing.
“He was a hero earlier than and he stays a hero now,” stated Ventura County Sheriff Union President Scott Peterson, who went to the academy with Helus some 30 years in the past.