Sam Soudani's daughter, Farrah, narrowly survived the shooting at the Aurora movie theater. An explosive device severely injured the side of her body and damaged her internal organs.
There is a no card, no words, and no hug that can truly express how Soudani feels.
"I can't describe the feeling you have towards these guys," he said. "They're like angels to me now. They really are," Soudani said.
Soudani calls them "angles in blue."
"If they waited five more minutes or two more minutes, that was it. That was it," he said.
Officers Don Hickox and Gary Rivale didn't wait to pull Farrah from between the seats. Officer Scott Osgood was one of several to carry her out. There were others, so many others.
"Chris McDowell, he was the one who held me in the back of the cop car and kept me calm," Farrah said. "I told him the whole time not to leave me, and he sat there, even when I got out of the cop car, held my hand until he wasn't allowed to go any further."
"[Officer Rolando] Gomez, he was the driver that got me to the hospital in four minutes from the theater," she said. "He said he literally broke 100 on the highway the entire time here. [That's] one of the reasons I call them my angels in blue. They're just the sweetest, sweetest guys ever."
"When Officer McDowell walked in the room," Soudani said, "she recognized him right away. She woke up and opened her arms. Her tears were rolling. His tears were rolling. Everybody was crying. I was crying."
What can you say to the people who saved your kid? Maybe it's not what you say, but what you do to show you're grateful.
"I love them all," Soudani said. "My heart goes out to all of them. If you see an officer don't give them a hard time. Give them a hug and tell them thank you."
9NEWS has tried to talk to the officers who were involved in the shooting aftermath. But because of the gag order in the case against the accused theater shooter James Holmes, most parties can't talk about this case.
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