Jena Meaux, a librarian at Jeanerette High School, and Ali Martin, who teaches English at the same school, are being hailed as heroes after bracing gunfire and using quick thinking to save the lives of theater-goers.
During the 7pm showing of Trainwreck, 59-year-old John Russel Houser opened fire in the theater. When he pointed his gun at Martin, Meaux bravely jumped in front of her best friend and was shot in the leg.
Martin, who was shot in the leg as well, dragged herself to the fire alarm and pulled it.
“Their training as a teacher went into full effect when this happened,” Cammie Maturin, a co-worker, told the New York Daily News. “They did what they knew that they had to do. Ali even knew where the fire alarm was. She was knowledgeable enough even after being shot to do that.”
Both educators are hospitalized but in good condition.
Maturin has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the survivors’ medical bills.