Meet Glen Oakley, the Soldier Who Saved the Lives of Children in El Paso

Twenty people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday evening, but it may have been more were it not for the heroic actions of one soldier who leapt into action to save people.

A quick-thinking soldier, Army Pfc. Glen Oakley, is the man responsible for helping a group of kids to safety as the chaos reigned around them that terrible night.

Not only that, but this legally armed citizen stood ready to return fire if need be to save lives.

Sadly, this hero’s story will probably be ignored by the media intent on blaming everything on Donald Trump.

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Oakley is a 22-year-old Army automated logistics specialist assigned to the 504th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas, according to Jared Keller of Task & Purpose blog who spoke to the hero.

Oakley noted that they were at first unaware of what was unfolding as they stood in the nearby Walmart.

“The guy at the register and I sort of looked at each other,” Oakley told Task & Purpose. “He’s a little kid … are you going to believe him?”

But, as we know, the threat was deadly real.

Oakley drew his 9 mm pistol he is legally allowed to carry under Texas concealed carry laws, and headed toward the danger.

“That’s what you do,” he told the blog. “You pull your gun, you find cover, and you figure out what to do next.”

As the shooting continued, Oakley ran to the mall where the killer was wrecking havoc. He saw a group of kids huddled in a corner. Then he led them to safety.

“I didn’t even think. I just grabbed as many kids as I could and ran five stores down to the exit,” Oakley said. “We got there and ran into a whole batch of police pointing their guns at us. I wasn’t focused on myself, and I wasn’t focused on my surroundings … I was just focused on those kids.”

Like the rained soldier he is, Oakley ran toward the firing, not away from it. His actions were selfless. He had only one thought in mind. Save as many people as possible.

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