Young moms thank Brewers prospect for bravery during Vegas massacre
Two young mothers are crediting Milwaukee Brewers prospect Bowdien “Bubba” Derby for perhaps saving their lives due to his heroic actions during Sunday night’s tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Jori Apsit Jellison, a young mother of three, was attending the closing night of the Route 91 Harvest festival with friend and fellow mother Darci DeArmon when gunman Stephen Paddock open fired upon a large crowd below from an upper-floor hotel room in Mandalay Bay.
Jellison says Derby shielded both her and DeArmon while escorting them to safety. And she took to Facebook this week to praise Derby, 23, for his selfless and heroic acts of bravery, writing of Derby, “I don’t have the right words to thank you privately yet, but I really need your family and friends to know what an amazing guy you are.”
“Derby not only helped to shield my friend Darci DeArmon Wallace and I (two complete strangers) from what seemed like endless gunfire, but he stayed by our side all night long until we could get back to our friends,” Dellison’s Facebook post continues. “Bowdien grabbed our hands and ran us to safety which was certainly no easy feat. If he didn’t make us get up and run from the gunfire, I probably wouldn’t have moved. He stayed with us all night long until we were finally allowed to leave the casino we ran into.”
Derby has since taken to Twitter to address his heroic role during the horrific and tragic night where 59 people were killed and over 500 others injured, asking that more attention be paid to the victims and their families.
Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the incident but at this time I would like everyone to pray for the victims and families.
— Bubba Derby (@Bderby11) October 3, 2017
“Bowdien never panicked, never wavered,” Dellison writes in closing in her Facebook post. “You all are so very blessed to have this amazing man (and family) in your lives. Darci’s 2 babies and my 3 children can never, ever thank you enough.”