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Grandmother, Tenn. town pray for deputy in medically induced coma after Las Vegas massacre

Grandmother, Tenn. town pray for deputy in medically induced coma after Las Vegas massacre. (Submitted to Fox 17 News)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Big Sandy, Tennessee neighbors lifted up their prayers Tuesday to a local family whose son was shot during the Las Vegas massacre.

The Benton County father of 29-year-old California Deputy Jason McMillan is at his son's side in a Las Vegas hospital.

McMillan was shot in the chest during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and is now in a medically induced coma while doctors stabilize him before removing a bullet that split in his lung.

McMillan's father Mike McMillan, his grandmother Ruth Hicks, and his great aunt live in Big Sandy. Hicks said she prays for her grandson to heal.

"I just leave it in the Lord's hands because where he got shot it was unbelievable that it missed his heart like that," Hicks said. "He has two children and he loves them very much and he's a good father."

Mike volunteers at Big Sandy Christian Community Outreach Center where he met good friend and director Greg Hauck.

"He's a full-time worker for God," said Hauck.

Hauck said almost all of Mike's time is dedicated to the non-profit that works with churches in Benton County as a soup kitchen, meal delivery service and after-school program for at-risk children.

"Mike learned about this when we were praying yesterday," Hauck said. "He had no clue the prayers we were saying was going to be for him."

Hauck said the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, where Jason works, paid for Mike to fly from Tennessee to Las Vegas to be with his son in the hospital.

"He described his son to be able to hear him so I know he's saying the right things because we've been praying for him, for God to give him the wisdom to speak the right things to his son," Hauck said.

Donations for the McMillans can be made at Apex Bank at 65 Main St. in Big Sandy or sent to the church at P.O. Box 7, Big Sandy, TN 38221.

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