Colorado officers rally behind Las Vegas shooting survivor and deputy

Jason and Ella didn't know anyone in Colorado when they came here after the Las Vegas massacre. But that quickly changed, thanks to these two officers.

DENVER - Sixty five days after a gunman killed dozens attending a country music concert in Las Vegas, wounds are starting to heal for the hundreds of shooting victims who survived.

One of them is a sheriff's deputy from California who has been in Colorado for about a month. 

"I knew it was coming," said Deputy Jason McMillan. "I could see people all around me getting shot." 

McMillan was shot in the chest and his girlfriend, Ella Gaet, carried him to safety. 

He couldn't move his legs. He still can't. 

"It felt like I was getting electrocuted," McMillan said. 

After a month in Las Vegas, McMillan was transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood to recover. 

He and Ella didn't know anyone in Colorado. But that quickly changed. 

They have at least one law enforcement visitor a day. Those visits include retired Denver Police Officer John Adsit and Douglas County Det. Dan Brite. 

Three years ago, Adsit was dragged under a truck when the driver had a seizure. He's had 29 surgeries since then. 

"They weren't sure if I was going to survive," he said. 

A year and a half ago, Brite was shot in the chest during a shootout with a suicidal suspect. 

"I had died twice at Parker Hospital," Brite said. 

He's now paralyzed from the waist down, but got help from Adsit when his organization, Adsit Strong, raised the $18,000 needed for an Action TrackChair

"It breaks down a lot of those limitations tied to a wheelchair," Brite said. "John said you can't pay 'em back, the only thing you can do is pay it forward." 

More than anyone, they know what kind of help Jason will need. 

"We're hoping to duplicate in a way what we already did for Dan," Adsit said. 

They're raising money so he can also have an Action TrackChair when he goes back home to his ranch in California. 

"It's pretty amazing for complete strangers to want to reach out and help you and provide you with things that they know that you'll need because they've been through the similar situation," McMillan said. 

McMillan and Gaet head home to California on Wednesday, Dec., 13. They'll be getting a special sendoff from local law enforcement. 

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