A father and son were enjoying themselves during the weekend in Las Vegas when their vacation ended in tragedy Sunday night at an outdoor music festival.
After 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a sea of concertgoers on Sunday, John and Travis Phippen scrambled to safety in effort to survive as bullets rained on them.
"All of a sudden, 'pop, pop, pop,'" Travis Phippen, a 24-year-old paramedic, said.
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His father, 56-year-old John Phippen, died during the deadly attack that claimed 58 lives and injured more than 500 others. John Phippen, remembered for always lending a helping hand, died while trying to save others.
"He was covering this girl and he got shot," Travis Phippen said in between tears. "I got over there as fast as I could and put my arm around him and that's when I got shot."
An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy and firefighter jumped in to help save John during the terrifying ordeal. The two found a wheelbarrow and guided him away from the flying bullets before finding a ride to a nearby hospital.
"He wanted me to tell everyone how much he loved them," Travis Phippen said. "That was the last thing he said to me."
John Phippen, a Valencia resident who was a father of five, owned a home remodeling company and is remembered as being a true family man.
"He gave his life for somebody he didn’t even know," Travis Phippen said.
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