Atrocities such as happened at The Pulse in Orlando are often caused by a single villain, in this case, an Islamist terrorist named Omar Mateen. However, the same atrocities create heroes as well, people who through quick thinking and courage can keep the slaughter from becoming even worse than it ultimately turned out to be. One such hero was Imran Yousef, a bouncer at the Pulse, a Marine combat veteran of Afghanistan and a Hindi.

According to the account by CBS News, Yousef was making his rounds in the back of the club right after the last call.

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Then he heard the unmistakable sound of gunfire taking place in the front of the club. The patrons froze at first but then became to stampede into the back hallway. However the back door was latched shut, and the hall became packed with frightened people trying to get away from the death that was stalking them in what a moment ago was a place for fun and frivolity.

Yousef shouted for someone to unlatch the door. But nobody moved, so scared as they were.

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So Yousef leaped over the pack of people and undid the latch and opened the door. Because of his actions, roughly 60 to 70 people managed to get away whom otherwise might have added to Mateen’s body count.

Kipling once wrote a verse about keeping your head when everyone else is losing theirs. Yousef, probably alone of everyone at the Pulse that night, had been under gunfire and had the presence of mind to know what needed to be done. The minute or so between the opening shooting and the opening of the back door was the difference between life and death of dozens of human beings whose night on the town had turned into horror.

Not every act of courage that night ended as well. Another young man named Stanley Almodovar came to the aid of his girlfriend and confronted Mateen. The terrorist pumped three bullets into Almodovar, fatally wounded him. A young woman stayed behind to try to save his life and called his mother for him. To paraphrase the Bible, no greater love can a man have than to lay down his life for a friend.   

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