LAS VEGAS (WJBK) - A Detroit area native now living in Las Vegas was one of the first people to treat the hundreds of victims at a trauma center after a madman opened fire on a crowd of thousands and killed 58 people.
Toni Mullan works and lives in Las Vegas now but grew up in Michigan and worked at Henry Ford Hospital for 20 years. This week, she saved countless lives after the massacre.
"I walked in and all I saw were bodies," she said.
When she heard what happened, she rushed to the hospital to be part of the helpers. She said despite her actions, she doesn't want to be called a hero, even if that's what she is. She says she just wanted to help.
The scene must have been terrible to encounter but she got right to work.
"I walked in and people were lined up on chairs, sitting on the floor. (They were) bleeding from extremities. Their arms had tourniquets, dog chains, whatever somebody could find - wrapped around their extremities. I had people outside in the hallway. I knew I needed to get a hold of this because we couldn't continue. There was no space for anyone and on top of that we had hundreds of people from all different departments in our department wanting to help."
Mullan's daughter grew up in Dearborn but also live in Vegas and is also a nurse at University Medical Center. The level 1 trauma center is where hundreds of people are being treated for their injuries.
"We went around and decided which patients were black tags. Black tags means that their injuries were not survivable. We needed to provide comfort measures for them, we needed to isolate them. We needed to isolate the people that were the walking wounded and we needed to make sure trauma teams could effectively care for all the people that needed treatment at that time," Mullan said.
She credits her time at Henry Ford for training and preparing her for the terrible scene.
"A lot of my coworkers are still there. The training that I received, collaboration, understanding, from all the team members, the medical students, every department I ever worked in, formed who I am today," Mullan said. "I'm a tool for the Lord. I'm just one of his tools. I've been given a gift, I don't take it for granted, everyone that's been a part of it has been a gift to me."
On Wednesday, Mullan met with President Trump, who congratulated her for her heroic acts.
She said that she's not a hero, but the patients are the true heroes. They have to heal and move on from the physical and mental wounds.