How Marine Vet Nightclub Bouncer Saved Dozens Of Lives In Orlando Attack – GOD BLESS U.S. MARINES
(posted by Susan K) – Few media have spoken about this U.S. MARINE.
Had he been a Muslim, story would have went ‘viral’.
A former US Marine sergeant of Indian origin, Imran Yousuf, has been hailed as a hero for saving scores of lives at a Florida night club when a terrorist went on a rampage killing 49 people.
When Yousuf, who was working as a bouncer at the Pulse night club catering to the gay community in Orlando, Florida, heard the first gunshots his military experience fighting in Afghanistan (and Iraq) kicked in, according to media reports.
As Yousuf remembers, he had walked toward the staff hallway in the back of the club to begin his final rounds just after last call. That’s when he heard gunshots.
“The initial [round of gunshots] was about three or four. That was a shock. Three or four shots go off, and you could just tell, it was a high caliber,” Yousuf recalled. People began to “sardine pack” into the staff hallway, running in any direction that was away from the shooter.
Yousuf was trapped behind the swarming crowd, who didn’t know that just at the end of that hallway was a door to safety. While everyone else froze, Yousuf leapt into action, jumping over the crowd to reach the door and lead over 60 people to safety.
He told CBS News television that as panicked people streamed to the back of the hall, “I’m screaming ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ And no one is moving because they are scared.”
War veteran Imran Yousuf had a split second to make a decision in order to saves lives. The 24-year-old was a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He just missed coming face to face with the gunman. While many froze with fear, his instincts from serving in the Marines came to the forefront. Once he got a door open about 60 to 70 people escaped.
Yousuf said his quick action saved 60 to 70 lives.
“There was only one choice — either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there.”
The newspaper said that he had left the Marine Corps just last month.
CBS News identified Yousuf as a Hindu and his name caused some confusion. California-based newspaper India West, which interviewed his uncle, clarified that his mother and paternal grandmother are Hindus and he identifies with their religion. His family emigrated from Guyana, where his ancestors had gone from India (probably during Muslim mass genocide of Hindus in India).
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, New York, reported that he grew up in the nearby town of Niskayuna and joined the Marine Corps soon after he finished high school at the age of 17 and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
His brother, Ameer Yousuf, told the newspaper, “This was so unexpected but because of my brother’s training in the Marine Corps, he was prepared and used strategies from that to do everything he did.”
Marine Corps Times said he had been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during his service.