Lauren Card, a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting, refuses to be a victim and instead has chosen to take what happened and change her life.
According to The NY Post, it was just ten months ago that Card was running from danger.
Now she’s ready to run toward it, after taking an oath to serve and protect the residents of Springfield as the newest member of its police force.
Card, 23, was attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas last October when a gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 in the worst mass murder in modern U.S. history.
Monday, Card was sworn in as a Springfield police officer, a career decision that she said was inspired by the shooting.
As Written By Western Journal:
“She remembers the feeling of safety and protection when law enforcement arrived at the scene of the shooting.
“And in that moment, I kind of had a sense of, ‘OK, the police are here. They are going to fix it. They are going to make it better. Everything is going to be OK,”‘ Card said.
“I want to be that person for someone else, in that situation,” she explained. “When they’re going through something crappy or going through a hard time, I want them to see me and be like, ‘OK, she’s going to fix it. She’s going to make it better.’”
“My heart is with the families that weren’t as fortunate as ours,” Card said. “But we made it out, and I don’t want this to affect me in such a negative way and let it ruin my life. I want to do something with this, show that you can move on, you’re strong.”
Lt. Scott McKee at the Springfield Police Department was concerned that her past experience could cause a reaction like post-traumatic stress when Card is placed in difficult situations as a cop.”