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'It was almost automatic': Off-duty cops saved Vegas victims


October 6, 2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Fred Rowbotham's plan was to leave job stress behind with a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate his 45th birthday at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

But when the rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire rained down, the police officer from Chula Vista, California, sprang into action as if he were in uniform. Joining him were many other off-duty police and firefighters in the terrified crowd of 20,000.

"Cops and firefighters like country music. They like a good time. They like to go to Vegas and cut loose," Rowbotham said. After rushing his wife to safety, he turned to hel...

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