Firefighter who shielded wife during Strip shooting credits family for helping him survive

Kurt Fowler was hit in the leg as he shielded his wife during the '1 October' shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. (Kelsey Thomas | KSNV)

A bullet fired from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bar tore through his leg.

Kurt Fowler was hit as he shielded his wife during the '1 October' shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

The father of three and firefighter from Lake Havasu City remains positive as he hits in his room at Sunrise Hospital.

Fowler’s wife Trina and his 10-year-old daughter Timori were nearby as he sat smiling from his bed.

Fowler credits his family for helping with his remarkable recovery.

Fowler is stuck in bed for the time being and passes time by coloring and playing cards with his daughter.

“This girl right here, she loves herself some unicorns,” Fowler said as the two colored a unicorn together.

“She's got a little bit more skill in coloring than her Dad,” he said with a laugh.

For Fowler, coloring is part of his recovery from a bullet to the leg 11 days ago. He and his wife were celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“This guy really tried to kill me, and everybody and the thought of somebody actually trying to kill you is a feeling that's almost indescribable. It's hard to put in words," said Fowler.

Fowler says his instinct was to protect his wife when the gunfire started at the country music concert.

“That was one of the hardest moments of my life,” said Trina Fowler. “When he was on me, shielding me, and telling me that he had been shot, actually his words were, 'I've been hit.'"

The bullet that hit Fowler shattered two bones in his lower leg.

“I'm missing essentially two inches of bone. It's all just fragments and debris from the bullet,” said Fowler.

Doctors told Fowler his bones will grow back. He hopes to be out of the hospital next week. After that, he has at least a year of physical therapy and rehabilitation ahead of him.

In the meantime, the healing touch of his family is making a big difference.

“I like being in here, it's just super hard to be with him, knowing that he's hurt and knowing I can't do anything but be here,” said Fowler’s 10-year-old daughter Timori.

But perhaps having his family at his bedside is what’s helping Fowler heal.

“They're all raising me up,” he explained.

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