A Woman has married a man who saved her life during a Las Vegas shooting in 2017.
According to the Independent, Chantal Melanson, from Canada, first met Austin Monfort, from California, on 30 September 2017, when the pair, who were both in Nevada for the Route 91 Harvest festival, found themselves at the same country bar.
According to Melanson, when Monfort first attempted to approach her that night, she initially turned him down as she was out with her friends and he wasn’t wearing cowboy boots.
“I was with my girls and I gave him a hard time for not wearing cowboy boots at a country bar,” the 29-year-old told People.
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Our wedding was suppose to be Friday. Although we didn’t have the wedding we still wanted to celebrate us. We had a wonderful evening date in the backyard, with a few of our wedding signs, a wonderful dinner and champagne 🍾 💕 . Our hearts go out to everyone who had to postpone their weddings during covid, so much planning goes into the special day and it’s heartbreaking to have to cancel such a special day.
According to them, on 1 October 2017, Monfort texted Melanson to meet him to watch the performances of the final night of the concert together. and while watching, the couple heard a series of loud bangs, which they thought were fireworks.
“We were just listening to music having a good time,” Monfort recalled. “Until we realised that the noises weren’t fireworks, they were gunshots. Then it became, ‘Am I going to survive this, how much longer until police can make it stop, and how do we get out of here?’”
“I felt like not only did I have to get myself out, but also her. Keeping her calm and getting her out kept me calm, and didn’t allow me to panic,” he said.
Melanson said she remembers looking into Monfort’s eyes “trying to make sense of everything”.
“Next thing I knew, Austin was holding my hand and we were running through the entire grounds trying to make it to safety,” she recalled.
Following the tragedy, Melanson and Monfort stayed in touch, forming a relationship and eventually becoming engaged in March 2019, before marrying in a San Diego courthouse.