Montgomery County couple shares story of surviving Las Vegas mass shooting, 5 years after

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It’s been five years this weekend since 58 people died in a mass shooting in Las Vegas and died two more years later.

It was a night they will never forget for Bob and Katie Fuhrmeister from Montgomery County.

“You can’t get the sounds out of your head, I still hear them,” Katie said.

She talks about the sounds of those 11 minutes of terror as 20,000 people ran for their lives.

“Everyone’s screaming, we were just trying to hold hands the whole time,” she said.

On October 1, 2017, the Fuhrmeisters celebrated Katie’s birthday in Las Vegas when her life changed forever.

The sounds of gunshots from Mandalay Bay’s 22nd floor initially sounded like fireworks until the horrifying reality set in.

“When we finally realized it was gunshots. We basically ran, so when everyone else started running, so did we,” Katie said.

Crowds spread across the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and some even walked onto active airport runways.

“I was holding hands as we ran across the street with another girl,” Katie said.

Bob and Katie ended up at a nearby casino, where Katie realized she had injured her ankle.

Bob was a Montgomery County volunteer firefighter, but what he saw that night left him with PTSD for life.

“It’s a lot to Las Vegas. It influenced me a lot,” said Bob.

“Nightmares still happen, especially with Bob, he still has them, he still gets them a lot. His PTSD is actually a lot worse than mine,” Katie said.

The trauma of that night made everyday life difficult for the couple.

“The first real concert we went to was Luke Bryan and Atlantic City,” Katie said, “it was an indoor venue, when you sat down you thought, ok, where’s my best escape route?”

Bonded for life 5 years ago by tragedy, they now lean on each other to heal.

“Having each other was really helpful because we can, you know, we understand, you’ve known each other for 22 years,” Katie said.

The couple hopes that over time people will not forget the 60 angels lost that night.

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