In the aftermath of 2018's first deadly school shooting, the small town of Benton, Kentucky is thanking an unlikely hero.
Two teenagers were killed after one of their fellow students opened fire at the town's Marshall County High School. Another 14 students were shot, and four more were injured in the rush to escape the school.
The tiny community of less than 5,000 people is in shock as victims as young as 14 years old remain in the hospital. But everyone in Benton is thankful for Tristan Cline.
The junior was just arriving at school on Tuesday morning when the gunman opened fire. Cline described the terrifying scene to CBS:
"I saw everybody rush out in a panic. I mean, it had to have been 400 kids, and I started to flee in my car and that's when I saw my friend Danny."
Cline says his friend had been shot while trying to escape the school, and had collapsed on the lawn outside.
Despite the risk to his life, Cline didn't hesitate to help his friend, and authorities say his quick thinking may have saved his life.