Deputy Police Chief Bruce Ure (center) recently received the state's Valor Award. Also pictured are (from left) Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso and Capt. Victor Pacheco.
(Seguin) -- "That was probably one of the most memorable things I've ever been involved in in 38 years." Those are the words of Deputy Chief Bruce Ure of the Seguin Police Department who recently received the Valor Award from Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso nominated Ure for his actions during the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. Ure wasn't there in any official capacity. He was there to enjoy himself, like the thousands of other concert goers that day. Fifty-nine people died during the mass shooting off the Las Vegas strip.
During his own attempts to dodge bullets, Ure successfully placed a tourniquet on an arterial bleed from a gunshot victim, rendered medical aid and commandeered a vehicle that transported three patients to nearby Vegas trauma center. He also sustained a hand injury from bullet shrapnel that landed about four inches from where he was lying prone when the shots started ringing out.
Ure says his recognition in the state capitol is the honor of a lifetime.
"And they were reading my story. What they do is they took all of the information -- the news clippings and all this stuff and the head of TCLE formulates his own version of it and so while he's up there reading this thing -- each time you hear it, it still resonates a little bit differently. It's still emotional and so you are standing up there and there's 400 people there in the audience -- I think is what they said -- I was the first one that they told the story on and then I could see all of their mouths just drop while I was standing up there watching it so that was kind of surreal sitting there thinking 'boy, if that's the impact that it is having on them... My parents got to be there. My family was there. Chief (Kevin) Kelso and Captain (Victor) Pacheco were there. That was a peak of a career. That was the day. When somebody says when did you peak? It was that day," said Ure.
Ure says he was humbled to be standing next to 22 other law enforcement heroes with stories that were made for movies, yet all were humble and almost shy about their unselfish actions.
"To be sitting in that crowd...I'm sitting next to a Highway Patrol that was shot at the border and they had to put him in a helicopter to fly him to resuscitate him because he was shot that bad. There was another officer, an abduction/kidnapping and with a motorhome and the lady with her two children, she baled out while it was doing 80 miles an hour down I 30 and they set spike strips up so that the tires blew up -- it caught on fire and then the kids starting coming out and they started going back in (and) this guy goes back in to get them. This thing is on fire. While he's in there, he hears a gunshot, the guy -- they believe he shot himself and so all this is going on. These guys are just the epiphany of what we all strive to be. It was awesome just being in the presence there. It really was cool," said Ure.
Ure says he is truly blessed to have had an opportunity to lend a hand in Las Vegas on a very, very bad day.
"I still have problems talking about it and for being in law enforcement for 38 years, you would think that it wouldn't be something I would be challenged with but it is. So I do a presentation on it -- on the day of the shooting, the whole events that led up to it with some audio and video and I always prep my audience and I tell them because I think I've delivered this five or six times and I’m going to be at a state conference for judges in October and I tell my audience, I'm going to stop. I don't know where but in here, I'm going to stop somewhere and all that is is I'm getting my thoughts together. I'm getting it together because it tears me up each time. It's like a record that keeps playing in your head," said Ure.
Ure along with the other 22 officers were selected out of hundreds of submissions forwarded by local law enforcement agencies. The ceremony was held on Friday in Austin.