Chris Mintz, the Randleman native considered a hero for his courageous acts during the Umpqua Community College shooting, is a finalist for the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race.
Mintz, a former Army infantryman, made headlines last year for trying to save others on Oct. 1 when Christopher Harper-Mercer shot and killed nine people at the community college.
Harper-Mercer shot Mintz in his left leg, right leg, abdomen, shoulder blade and left finger. Mintz was rushed to Mercy Medical Center where he was told he would have to learn to walk again, but the only thought running through Mintz’s mind was his son, who was turning 6 that day.
Of his heroic acts, Mintz said he is “just a normal guy who was doing what anyone should.”
Harper-Mercer shot himself when police closed in.
You can vote for Mintz at yourherosnamehere.nascar.com. Votes can be submitted once per day.