Orlando Shooting Survivor Reunited With Cop Who Rescued Him: 'I Need A Hug From You'
Witness the emotional reunion between a survivor of the Orlando shooting and the police officer who dragged his motionless body out of the Pulse Nightclub.
Angel Colon, 26, was reunited Thursday with the officer who carried him to safety after he was shot five times and trampled by clubgoers trying to flee.
"He came in and I just had a smile," Colon said in a Orlando Health press statement. "It was just happiness. I was so happy. I've been wanting to see the man that took me out of that horrible place that was filled with craziness, and I was happy. I was so happy."
Colon continued, "Seeing him in a different environment, in a happy place, it's awesome. It's so awesome."
In a video of their reunion, Colon can be seen extending his arms to Eatonville Police Officer Omar Delgado as he began introducing himself for the first time since the shooting.
"I need a big hug from you, man," Delgado said. The pair talked briefly about what they recalled from the night, before Delgado went on to hug his friends and family surrounding him.
"You only get one life, and right now, he can be with his family and continue living his life because we all assisted him," Delgado said. "Now we just have to keep moving forward. Everyone's saying 'Orlando strong', and we are going to be strong, and we are going to continue being strong."
Colon, who remains hospitalized, was one of the many people Delgado attempted to rescue from Pulse. According to another press release, Delgado was one of the first to arrive on the scene, while the shooter was still holding people hostage.
"When I first saw him, I was face down laying down on the floor," Colon said, recalling his first experience with the officer. "I could only move my arms and head up. I'm like, 'Just help me, please."
Colon was already critically injured when Delgado rescued him. He was shot three times in the leg, and fell to the ground.
He could be heard in the press conference explaining to Delgado that the bones in his other leg were shattered from being trampled as others tried to run out of the club.
"He's shooting everyone that's already dead on the floor," he said in a Tuesday press conference. "I can hear the shot guns closer and I look over and he shoots the girl next to me. And I'm just thinking, 'I'm next, I'm dead.'"
The shooter pointed the gun at him, and aimed for his head.
"By the glory of God, he shoots toward my head but it hits my hand," Colon said. The next time, the bullet hit his hip.
"I had no reaction, I was just prepared to stay there."