He had just a few months to go until his retirement, after nearly three decades of service to his community as a police officer.
He was married and the father of a son.
And when a shooter opened fire in a packed California bar late on Wednesday night, this man rushed forward — not away — into the line of fire.
And after it was all over, he almost certainly saved a number of lives — people who would not be here today this man had not acted swiftly, strongly, and shown enormous bravery in the face of evil.
Can you name anyone you know who would do this in a similar circumstance?
You can, almost certainly — if you know police officers, firefighters, veterans, military members and others of their ilk.
This is what they do, the vast majority of them. This is who they are. They is how they act.
Late Wednesday night, Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, a sheriff’s sergeant, was among the first to rush inside the bar that was the scene of yet another mass shooting in this country.
Helus was struck many times and later died at the hospital, said authorities, as many outlets, including NBC News, are reporting.
There is no doubt it takes a special person to rush toward danger, into chaos, hate and confusion in order to save other human beings.
These people leave their own lives in the background, put that aside, think of others first — and clearly, Ron Helus, did this in spades.
Sheriff Geoff Dean hailed the bravery of this individual.
“He gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero,” said Dean to the media as he worked hard to hold back the tears. “He went in to save lives, to save people.”
The shooting happened during a “college country night” at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, according to police.
Hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill when shots rang out at about 11:20 p.m., Ventura County police said.
Deputies and highway patrolmen arrived at the scene within mere minutes of receiving multiple calls of shots fired, said Sheriff Dean during his press conference.
Helus, along with a patrolman, entered the bar after he heard more gunshots.
Just as the two of them went through the front door of the bar, Helus was struck multiple times by gunfire.
The patrolmen rescued the deputy from that horrible scene — and Helus was rushed …