Beaton family: 'He truly is my hero'

Jake Beaton and his mother, Laurie Beaton, reflect Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., on the loss of Jack Beaton, who gave his life protecting his wife, Laurie, during the Las Vegas massacre. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

UPDATE: Salty’s BBQ announced Monday that its fundraiser for the Beaton family generated more than $10,000.

“To see so many people join us to support the Beaton Family is a reminder of how special a place Bakersfield is and how fortunate we are to do business here,” owner Jeff Salters said in a news release.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Laurie Beaton relived the moment she knew she would no longer see her husband and best friend Jack Beaton in this lifetime.

"It is painful, but it is bearable," she said Sunday, standing with the couple's son. "My fear is the worst is yet to come, because we are still in shock, both of us."

Jack Beaton made the ultimate sacrifice by shielding his wife from a shower of bullets during the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Sunday, Laurie and son Jake Beaton spoke to the media during a fundraiser at Salty’s BBQ & Catering. Jake Beaton works there, and the restaurant marked its fifth anniversary by donating some of the proceeds and all of the tips that day to the Beaton family.

"He has actually said, 'Laurie, I would take a bullet for you,' and I said, 'Jack, I know, I know.' I walked out of the house everyday knowing I was loved," said Laurie Beaton.

Jacks bravery has resonated with people around the nation and back home in Bakersfield.

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"I know he would have done that for anybody, even if it wasn't my mom," Jake Beaton said. "He would have done that for anyone. He was an incredible person."

Laurie and Jake said that although Jack is no longer here, his bravery will stay with them for a lifetime.

"Knowing the way my husband went out, and knowing the way people feel about him, that he went out a hero, he truly is my hero, it gives me a sense of comfort and peace," said Laurie Beaton.

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