Christ Mintz won over the hearts of America when he charged at the Oregon gunman last Thursday, taking 7 bullets, and saving countless lives.
Now, in response to the overwhelming flood of support he’s received from people across the country, he’s sending this heartwarming message from his hospital bed to reciprocate the love:
A petition has gone up on the White House’s official website requesting that President Obama award Mintz with the highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This coveted medal is awarded to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
But it takes more than a simple ‘one-time’ request to get the White House’s attention.
In fact, it typically requires 100,000 signatures to get anything before the Obama Administration. Currently, the petition is sitting at 5,971 signatures and is awaiting 94,029 more.
The petition reads:
“Award Chris Mintz the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his actions during the Umpqua Community College shootings.
I am recommending Mr. Chris Mintz for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his actions taken on 1 October 2015 during the shootings at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Mr. Mintz, a Veteran, continues to display the values of the United States military by his actions to alert others of the danger and then to endanger himself while delaying the attacker to allow time for others to escape. Mr. Mintz positively displayed the values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, integrity, personal courage, and self-sacrifice to attempt to save as many of his fellow citizens as possible. I believe that awarding Mr. Mintz the Presidential Medal of Freedom will hold him up as a strong example to the rest of America that one person can make a difference.”
30-year-old Mintz is still in recovery from the bullet wounds he suffered to his abdomen, back, legs and left hand. Doctors expect that he will have to relearn to walk. But as his medical bills have continued to stack up, so has the support of the public.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started for Mintz, and it has currently raised a stunning $747,870 for the heroic army veteran in a matter of just 2 days.
Though Mintz has a mound of medical bills and a 6-year-old son with autism to care for, his first concern is still not for his own needs.
Even his fundraiser page attests to the type of others-before-me man he is. Preceding a list of links to the other victims’ campaigns, it reads: “We just want to make sure that before you donate to Chris, please remember all of the other victims and consider helping them out if you can. It is what Chris would want.”
From his bold heroism at UCC to his bed-ridden selflessness at the hospital, the congruence in Chris’s Christ-like character sets a powerful example of pure servanthood for us all.