THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (FOX 26) - Sergeant Ron Helus, who died while responding to the mass shooting at the southern California bar, was the first on the scene. He and a passing highway patrolman were responding to several 911 calls when they arrived at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. They heard gunfire and went inside.
Helus was immediately wounded by multiple gunshots. When the shooting report initially came in, the sheriff said Helus was speaking with his wife on the phone saying, “Hey, I’ve got a call to handle. I love you." It was the last time he spoke with his wife. The sergeant loved fishing and his colleague Sgt. Eric Buscow says he had a natural instinct for going after crooks and he did it with enthusiasm and with a great deal of intelligence.
Jake Dunham was 21 years old and an off-road enthusiast.
Tellemachus Orfanos was a U.S. Navy veteran and coincidentally, a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting. His mother Suzanne gave a statement saying, "I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control. I hope no one else sends me prayers. No more guns."
Noel Sparks was 21 years old and a graduate of Moorpark College. She enjoyed horseback riding. Her father Tony confirmed her death along with United Methodist Church in Westlake Village, where she attended services.
Cody Coffman, 22, was a Little League umpire whose father was overcome with emotions earlier on Thursday.
Blake Dingham, 21, was an off-road enthusiast. His younger brother had been searching for him until his death was confirmed.
Alaina Housley, 18, was a Pepperdine University student. She was the niece of former FOX News senior correspondent Adam Housley and his wife, "The Real" co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley. The couple referred to Alaina as an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her.
Sean Adler, 48, was a former strength coach who was working as a bouncer at Borderline during the night of the shooting. The Royal Wrestling Club, where he worked a few years prior, posted to its Twitter account remembering the times he traveled with the team through some of the roughest times yet maintained a positive outlook and truly wanted the best for everyone around him.
Justin Meek, 23, graduated from California Lutheran University. His sister was also at the bar on Wednesday night, serving as one of the concert promoters. University president Chris Kimble was informed by Meek's family that he had died heroically, saving lives in the incident.
Christina Morissette, 20, was working as a cashier at the Borderline front desk. She was from Simi Valley, Calif. Her friend posted on Twitter, “the worst things happened to the best people she was such a sweet girl and cared for everyone.”
Daniel Mann Ricci was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.