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Hospital co-workers remember West TN nurse killed in Las Vegas

Sonny Melton was killed in Las Vegas while protecting his wife. (WSMV) Sonny Melton was killed in Las Vegas while protecting his wife. (WSMV)
PARIS, TN (WSMV) -

In emergencies, when sirens sounded, when a life could be at risk, patients around Paris, TN, were often brought to a room at the Henry County Medical Center.

There, some were under the care of surgeon Heather Melton and her husband, registered nurse Sonny Melton.

"She would be operating, and he was right there beside her where he wanted to be," said nurse director DeAnn Berry. "They always wanted to be together."

Berry brought on Sonny a year ago to be part of the tight-knit bond that makes up her staff.

"I knew what we were going to gain and what the profession was going to gain with him as an RN at the bedside taking care of patients," she said. "It's his compassion and the amount of integrity Sonny had that made me realize how great an asset to the team he was going to be. Sonny's heart is bigger than anyone I've ever met."

"He said, 'I just want to help people. I just want to save lives,'" remembered nurse Darlene Baylock-Compton.

That's exactly what Sonny did.

In Las Vegas, Heather said when the shootings began, Sonny grabbed her and began running when he was shot in the back. Heather said Sonny saved her life while his was taken.

"It was terrible news," Baylock-Compton said. "Terrible news. We loved Sonny. We loved him. He was family."

Green ribbons now decorate the hospital for Sonny, for the lives he saved there every day and the life he saved in Las Vegas.

"Oh, Heather, we love you," Baylock-Compton said. "We feel you, and we're so sorry for your loss. We feel it. We feel her loss. He made us proud but sad. He was irreplaceable. Irreplaceable."

"There isn't a moment that goes by that we aren't thinking of her or him," Berry said. "I don't know that I'll ever meet a man that has as much integrity and respect and compassion as Sonny Melton. There will be a very big void in a lot of hearts. The nurses have come together, and they did what they do, and they're saving lives all day in honor of Sonny."

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