Matthew James, from Wales, was vacationing in the beach town of Sousse in Tunisia when he and his fiancee were caught in the crossfire of deadly terrorists.
According to his fiancee, Saera Wilson, James jumped in front of her as terrorists approached and fired, taking three shots to the body and telling her to run away and tell their kids that he loved them.
This heroic move also has a happy ending as Matthew survived the attack and is currently recuperating that the hospital.
“It was the bravest thing I’ve ever known.” said Wilson.
As stories from that horrifying day continue to emerge stories of heroism exhibited by men like Matthew James will continue to shine through.
A Welsh tourist was shot three times during a terrorist attack on a Tunisian beach, using his body as a human shield, his fiancee has said.
Saera Wilson said gas engineer Matthew James, 30, from Trehafod, near Pontypridd, was trying to protect her when the gunmen opened fire.
Ms Wilson, 26, said Mr James was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip.
At least 37 people, including five Britons, have been killed in the attack in the town of Sousse.
Speaking from the hospital where Mr James, known as Sas, is being treated, Ms Wilson said: “He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started.
“He was covered in blood from the shots, but he just told me to run away.
‘Daddy loves them’
“He told me: ‘I love you babe. But just go – tell our children that their daddy loves them’.
“It was the bravest thing I’ve ever known. But I just had to leave him under the sunbed because the shooting just kept on coming.
“I ran back, past bodies on the beach to reach our hotel. It was chaos – there was a body in the hotel pool and it was just full of blood.
“You just can’t explain how terrible it was. It was chaos with screaming and gunshots. I’m just so glad Matthew is alive because so many other people are dead.”