On Wednesday night during the horrific mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, at the Borderline Bar and Girl, men showed up in an honorable and heroic way.

In the aftermath of the shooting, a patron of the bar told reporters about how a group of men shielded her and other women who were attempting to hide in a corder. Teylor Whittler said this:

“While we were all dog-piled at the side, there were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us with their backs towards the shooter, ready to take a bullet for any single one of us."

Envisioning this image is chilling, but calls up a great respect and gratitude for the brave and selfless men who risked their lives without hesitation. In addition to the men inside, Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the police force, was killed after entering the bar to confront the shooter and sace those in harms way.  

Another woman told CNN that a man who was a close friend of hers saved her life and is a hero. Sarah Rose DeSon said when the shooting began, her friend Cody Coffman told her to "get out" and she ran for her life. DeSon found out hours later that Coffman didn't make it out of the bar alive.

It's impossible to know how many lives were saved because numerous men stepped up to protect those around them, but one can only imagine the appreciation those who received their protection will feel for the rest of their lives.