The pastor of a local Oregon church has recalled "[his] family's hero" who reportedly saved his daughter from being killed during the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
During this past Sunday's sermon, Randy Scroggins, pastor of New Beginnings Church of God, told the story of his daughter's horrifying experience being in a writing class at the local community college when 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer walked in, armed with a gun, and began shooting students.
Pastor Scroggins' account, as well as other eyewitness accounts, indicate that Harper-Mercer reportedly asked students if they were Christian before shooting them.
During his sermon, the pastor told the congregation of "[his] family's hero," fellow student Treven Anspach, who, after being shot by Harper-Mercer, rolled his body on top of the pastor's daughter, Lacy Scroggins, to protect her.
Anspach's heroic move then saved Lacy from being shot, as the gunman stepped over Anspach's body and continued shooting.
"I want to tell of my family's hero," Scroggins told the congregation.
"The blood of that boy that covered my daughter saved her life," Scroggins said.
In the wake of last week's tragic shooting, there have been stories of heroism among students who attended Umpqua Community College.
One of the most circulated stories on the media involves Army Veteran Chris Mintz, who was shot seven times after he blocked a doorway in an attempt to stop Harper-Mercer from entering. He reportedly told the gunman not to shoot him, arguing that it was his son's birthday.