DETROIT (WJBK) - The nurses and doctors in Las Vegas will never be the same after what happened six weeks ago. One of the women on the frontline is a Detroit native who was trained in the Motor City and says she and the country will never be the same.
Toni Mullan was one of the nurses in charge of figuring out how to handle the bodies as they were coming in. More than 400 people were shot, over 50 fatally outside of the Mandalay Bay Casino on October 1.
Mullan said it was a race to save lives - in an organized way.
"As soon as I arrived there I had all the stretchers and wheelchairs put outside so the victims didn’t have to be transferred from the emergency services gurney opn to another stretcher and then brought in so that the transportation was a lot simpler," she said. "The victims all arrived. At that point you have to distance yourself from those stories because otherwise you're never leaving your job."
The Dearborn native worked at Henry Ford hospital for more than 20 years. She and her daughter were both working as nurses that night. The years of work in Detroit are a point of pride with her.
We have passes to the zoo, I belong to the detroit historical museum, doing the art walk at Christmas, going to Greenfield Village. That was just the culture that embraced us and you never leave that. I'm just so grateful that that's a part of who I am ."
Mullan’s life changed on that day, but she'll tell you it's changed for everyone in the country. Since Vegas, a terrorist plowed a rented truck through a crowd killing eight people on Halloween injuring 11. Then in Sutherland springs Texas, two dozen people were killed after a man opened fire in a Baptist Church.
The country has changed so should the way we respond, Mullan says. There’s a program started after Sandy Hook called Stop the Bleed and she wants everyone to learn.
"It teaches people to apply tourniquets, pack wounds, and apply pressure. They're thinking that more lives will be saved because immediately when you have these mass shootings, people are going to die from bleeind out and if one life is saved from applying pressure or packing the wounds, then another job well done."
Toni believes this type of violence will happen again and we need to be ready. It’s changed everything. Even the way she lives her life everyday.
"After October 1st I’ve been to a couple outings. At the casinos, some venues - and the first thing I did was look for the exits. I have never done that before in my entire life."