Cameron Conaway salutes Mike White Sr who saved the life of Farrah Soudani in the Aurora theater shooting.
“I’m not a hero, I’m just Mike.”
Good men are made in moments, millions of them. Some are of astounding stress, others of total temptation, most are mundane. Like tiny particles of dust these moments all congeal and at the end of a man’s life people mill around a casket or grave or urn or memory and say or think: He was a good man.
Air Force Veteran Mike White Sr. sat watching The Dark Knight Rises with his son, Mike White Jr., and his son’s girlfriend, Farrah Soudani, at Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado. “At first, I thought it was some kind of prank or trick, but when it started the automatic weapons firing, I knew that was real,” he told 7News.
This tiny moment as measured by time, this moment imposed on him, became bent to his will.
Bullets were flying. Mike White Jr. was shot in the back and the bullet came out from his shoulder. Regarding Farrah, Sr. said: “I could see her guts coming out of her side. The first thing that came to mind is, I need to make sure they don’t fall out.” And with that Sr. not only had the clarity of mind to work on saving her, but to actually take his shirt off and use that rather than his bare hands to stabilize her organs so as to prevent infection.
As the gunman came within two rows, Sr. covered Farrah’s body with his, waited for a bullet’s impact and whispered to her: “I know you’re in pain, but you got to be quiet. Be still. Be quiet.”
And in that critical moment the theater lights came on and the gunman walked in the other direction. The bullet he readied himself to take never came.
He has even handled the fame of the moment with the utmost humility: “No, I’m not a hero. I’m just Mike. There’s other people in [there] that were heroes.”
Mike White was released from the hospital Monday. Farrah Soudani is still in critical condition, and does not have health insurance. $27,003 of the $100,000 goal has been raised for Farrah here on GoFundMe.