Man considered "Guardian Angel" after helping shooting victim - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man considered "Guardian Angel" after helping shooting victim

Hodge ran over to help shooting victim Ravyn Towns after he saw her lying on the ground. (Source: Facebook) Hodge ran over to help shooting victim Ravyn Towns after he saw her lying on the ground. (Source: Facebook)
Brian Hodge does not want to accept the epithet 'hero.' (Source: WMC Action News 5) Brian Hodge does not want to accept the epithet 'hero.' (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis man is being hailed as a hero after video of him rushing to the side of shooting victim Ravyn Towns surfaced on the internet.

The act of kindness, Ravyn's mother says, saved her daughter's life.

The man, Brian Hodge, says he is not a hero, despite the insistence from Jackie Towns.

After days of trying to find the hero's identity, WMC Action News 5 was able to track Hodge down with the help of social media.

“Seeing someone laying there you used to see smiling, and now they are laying there saying they want to let go, is an eye opener,” Hodge said.

Hodge was riding in a car with his brother when he saw Towns lying on the ground bleeding. She was shot by a shooter in a crowd. Hodge says he felt like he had to help.

“I just kind of grabbed her hand and told her it was going to be okay. She was in and out. I would call her name and touch her head,” he said.

Towns' mother said what touched her the most was after her daughter said she had given up, it was Hodge's voice that kept her going.

“She looks at me and told me ‘it hurts' and she wanted to let go and she wanted to leave, but I said, 'you had to stay here, we can't lose you to violence in Memphis,'” Hodge said.

Like most heroes, Hodge does not want to accept the title.

“I'm at a loss for words,” he said. “There is no way I can put in feelings having someone say I saved their life. It's surreal.”

After seeing the interview with Hodge, Towns was impressed with the man she calls her daughter's Guardian Angel.

“He's everything I thought he was. He's humble,” Towns said. “I respect the fact that he doesn't want to be called a hero, but he is. He's just that.”

Towns said this experience is proof to others that sometimes, you need to get involved when someone is hurting.

Police have not yet located the shooter.

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