North Country Native One of First Officers to Las Vegas Shooter’s Room

Date: October 8, 2017

WATERTOWN, NY (WWNY) – It was Dexter native, Matthew Donaldson, who was one of the first officers on the 32nd floor Mandalay Bay last Sunday night where gunman Stephen Paddock was in the middle of a shooting massacre in Las Vegas that left at least 58 people dead, and hundreds of others wounded.

“Everybody where they were was doing everything that they could to do whatever they could,” Donaldson said. “It just happened to be where I was to do what I was doing.”

Donaldson graduated from General Brown Central School, then went to Utica College. He left the north country over ten years ago to become a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department The Dexter native is now a detective who was dispatched to the scene of the Las Vegas Massacre shooting last Sunday night with the task of locating the shooter, who was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort.

Sunday night, Donaldson and other first responders were on CBSs 60 Minutes to share their stories of what happened on that floor whey they arrived.

Donaldson was wearing cowboy boots when he got the call and had to take them off, running barefoot for hours until he went out to the scene to help find survivors.

“A fire fighter for the Clark County Fire Department gave me a pair of his sneakers out of his truck and I put his sneakers on and then I went into the 91 fest to try and identify more survivors,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson added the support of family, friends and community has been holding the city up, comparing it to the north country.

“Vegas for as big of a town as it is, it’s still a very very small down. Everybody knows everybody it seems like and there’s a couple million people here, but it just seems like it’s a very small town. So even growing up in Dexter, volunteering with the American Legion or whatever we were doing, it’s very much like that here right now, everyone’s coming together.”