BIG SANDY, Tenn. (AP) — A registered nurse who died protecting his wife during the Las Vegas shooting massacre is being remembered in Tennessee.

At the funeral Tuesday for Sonny Melton, Kris Gulish said his brother-in-law was a hero. He called him a country boy from small town, U.S.A., who touched the entire nation simply by being himself.

Melton was humble, knew everybody, and was known for his grin, Gulish said.

The last act of the 29-year-old nurse was to shield his wife, orthopedic surgeon Heather Melton.

Dr. Melton spoke at the funeral to introduce country singer Daniel Bonte, who carried Sonny Melton to a truck, performed CPR on him on the way to the hospital and stayed with her after he was pronounced dead.


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