A man who shielded a co-worker as a final act before he died in Wednesday's terror attack in San Bernardino is being hailed as a hero.
27-year-old Denise Peraza said Shannon Johnson, 45, wrapped his arm around his younger coworker, said "I got you," and saved her life.
Peraza shared the story of her survival and paid tribute to Johnson, whom she called an "amazing" and "selfless" man:
This is Shannon Johnson. Wednesday morning at 10:55 am we were seated next to each other at a table, joking about how we thought the large clock on the wall might be broken because time seemed to be moving so slowly. I would have never guessed that only 5 minutes later, we would be huddled next to each other under that same table, using a fallen chair as a shield from over 60 rounds of bullets being fired across the room.
While I cannot recall every single second that played out that morning, I will always remember his left arm wrapped around me, holding me as close as possible next to him behind that chair.
And amidst all the chaos, I'll always remember him saying these three words, "I got you."
I believe I am still here today because of this amazing man. This amazing, selfless man who always brought a smile to everyone's face in the office with his lively stories about his hometown back in Georgia. Who will be deeply missed by all.
This is Shannon Johnson. My friend, my hero.