LAS VEGAS (KSTU) -- Paul Gallegos says he doesn’t even like country music. His wife and three grown sons disagree, and convinced him to go to the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
When gunfire erupted, the family got separated. Paul and his wife Jamie Lynn Gallegos made it to their truck with no sign of their three sons.
“There were people falling in the street that were running behind us and we could see them as we were driving out,” Jamie Lynn Gallegos said.
Paul stopped the truck three times, letting people jump in the back to escape the bullets raining down from above. Three people with bullet wounds were loaded into the bed of the truck.
“I don’t know how badly they're hurt, but I have to get them help as fast as I can,”Paul Gallegos recalled.
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Paola Bautista, 39, from Fontana, California, (R) sits in her hospital bed next to her sister Daisy Bautista at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center after being shot at the Route 91 music festival mass shooting next to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Braden Matejka, 30, (L) and his girlfriend Amanda Homulos, 23, from British Columbia, Canada sit outside Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center after he was discharged after being shot at the Route 91 music festival mass shooting next to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 4: Kassidy Owen, 22, left, and Taylor Schmidt, 21, both of Las Vegas, NV, are photographed on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV. Owen and Schmidt both survived the mass shooting on Sunday's evening. Sometimes I think it happened then the next second I say did that really happend,' Owen said. 'I keep hearing the shots in my head, people running and hear the ambulances,' she added. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 4: Veteran Steve Charshafian, 59, speaks about Sunday's night mass shooting and recalls helping wounded people on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV. Charshafian survived the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival shooting with his wife when they hid inside their car. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: Aaron Stalker is interviewed outside Dance Dynamics on Wednesday October 04, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Stalker helped to evacuate and care for victims during Sunday night's mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aaron was attending a hockey game when his girlfriend, Stephanie Melanson called him from the concert. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 3: Jonathan Smith was shot at least twice while trying to run back and save others in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. (Photo by Heather Long/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 03: Brian Hopkins, the lead singer of the band Elvis Monroe, is interviewed by a tv reported on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip on the on October 3, 2017, after the mass shooting that killed 59 people and inured more than 500 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, NV. Hopkins took over 20 people into a freezer near the venue. Hopkins filmed himself during the shooting, still unsure of what the chaos was going on outside in the venue. (Photo by Doug Kranz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 2: With the presence of her family, Danny Alegria, from left, Evan Algeria and Lucy Alegria - Carmen Alegria recounts her harrowing experience surviving and escaping the mass shooting that killed 59 and injured more than 525 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 2, 2017. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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He drove them all to safety, finding a team of paramedics two blocks away.
“We got them there first, there were no other victims there,” Paul Gallegos said.
The three people with gunshot wounds in the back of his truck were among the first to get medical treatment. One of them is a close personal friend of Jeff Germain of Saint George. Germain had made a vow from the hospital to try to find the people who saved his friend’s life.
“Just started looking through every post I could find on Las Vegas and shooting and people saving lives,” Germain said.
Thousands of posts and images later, he saw a response by Paul. It read: “We're almost positive this is one of the ladies we took to the paramedic down the street.”
Jeff broke down in tears describing the moment he was finally able to thank Paul and his wife Jamie Lynn.
“I just want to tell him thank you from the bottom of my heart," Germain said. "Without him I don’t think our friend would be alive."
The relief was equally felt on the other end of the telephone call.
“Every day has been a struggle, but knowing that one person survived and we helped make that difference just made it a little bit better to bear things," Jamie Lynn Gallegos said.
A Facebook post by the daughter of the woman who was shot indicates she will be moved out of the ICU on Thursday and is on a long road to recovery. A result, helped in part, by a complete stranger.
“It makes me feel like there was a purpose why I was there,” Paul Gallegos said.