A friend of indie wrestler Jeremy Ganger has set up a GoFundMe account to help with the latter's medical bills and possible counseling after he saved several lives during a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4.
A lone gunman opened fire on civilians, killing nine people and injuring 27 others before getting shot dead by police himself.
Ganger was working as a bouncer at Ned Peppers bar in the entertainment district when the shooting started. He left the building and brought several persons inside before barricading the door and coming face to face with the gunman, who was put down by lawmen seconds later.
The shooter had approached the establishment with intent to get in but was unable to gain entry due to Granger's bravery, which saw him ensure that over 200 people were safely inside. However, the wrestler would sustain injuries after getting hit by shrapnel and still requires an operation to extract it.
The GoFundMe account was launched by Jeremy's friend Dave Lind, who insists the wrestler would have taken the shooter down had he managed to enter the bar.
"I know Jeremy holds down two jobs and works seven days a week," he wrote. "He would do anything for anyone and not ask for anything in return. I’m positive that if the shooter had gotten into Ned Peppers that Jeremy would of taken him down [sic]. There are videos and more information about this on his Face Book Page.
"Jeremys got a big heart and would never ask anyone for money, but he’s going to have some medical bills and if it were me, I’d need counseling as well. Not to say he would. But if there’s any way we can thank him, I would."
The page is nine days old and, at the time of writing, had surpassed the $1,000 goal, with $1,170 coming in.
Ganger told ABC News that he would do it again if he had to and would have died before he let the gunman enter the bar but admits he is very lucky.