Joseph Wilcox is seen in this undated family photo. (Source: Wilcox family)
A member of the Las Vegas Metro Police Honor Guard prepares to present a folded American flag to the Wilcox family. (Justin Grant/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Hundreds gathered downtown for the funeral of Joseph Wilcox, the man killed trying to stop a shooting rampage at Walmart two weeks ago.
Wilcox is credited with saving countless lives after confronting one of the gunmen and is now being remembered as a true hero.
"On Sunday, June 8, a man standing in line at the Walmart on Nellis saw danger and made the choice to do something about it," said Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
Gillespie said the actions Wilcox took on that fateful Sunday morning are nothing short of heroic.
"He was a man who was willing to be that person maybe some of us hope to be when danger looks us squarely in the eyes,"said Gillespie.
Gillespie said not only did Wilcox help other citizens but the entire Metro Police Department. He said his actions allowed other citizens to leave the Walmart alive.
"I never had the honor of meeting Joseph Wilcox, but I can tell a lot about him about who he was by his actions on that fateful Sunday morning," said Gillespie.
"His family and friends described him as loving and lovable, and everyone who knew him loved him. He was funny. He was fun," said Pastor Steve Withey.
Withey said Wilcox lived a quiet life, went to work, paid his bills and loved his family more than anything. He was a self-proclaimed computer geek, loved taking his nieces swimming and was his sister CJ's superhero.
"He was giving and kind and had a way of drawing out the best in people," said Withey.
Wilcox's mother Debbie was given an American flag with police honors, and Wilcox received a medal of valor from Councilman Bob Coffin.
"Joseph's actions intervened and he stopped a disaster from happening," said Coffin.
Gillespie said a community is only as strong as the people who live in it, and Wilcox made Las Vegas a better place. He will be missed because of it.
"Joseph Wilcox was a man who his family and friends and this entire community should be proud of," said Gillespie.
Although they didn't speak at the funeral, the Wilcox family released a statement thanking the community for their support, saying it has helped them get through a difficult time much easier.
Wilcox will be cremated and taken home to be with family.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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