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ROSEBURG, Ore. - In the wake of a horrific tragedy at a school in Oregon, the nation learned about the heroics of one man who stood up to a school shooter.

Oct. 1 started as just a normal day at Umpqua Community College for Army veteran Chris Mintz.

However, that all changed when he head gunfire in a nearby classroom.

When the gunman attempted to come into Mintz's classroom, he decided to do something.

“Tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in, gets shot three times, hits the floor, looks up at gunman and says, 'It's my son's birthday today,' gets shot two more times,” Chris' aunt, Wanda Mintz, said.

Mintz, who was in the Army for 10 years, suffered broken bones in his legs and several other injuries.

Fortunately, no vital organs were hit.

“His vital signs are OK. He's going to have to learn to walk again but he walked away with his life and that's more than so many other people did,” said Ariana Earnhardt, Chris’ cousin.

“He could have very easily died,” said Wanda Mintz, the victim’s aunt. “I really think that if he wasn't such a strong, young guy, he may have died.”

The story of his heroics spread like wildfire in the wake of the shooting.

Now, he and his friends are providing updates on his condition from his hospital room.

Friends say that Mintz is exceeding the expectations of his physical therapists and has been "overwhelmed" by the love and support from complete strangers.

A petition has been created to award Mintz the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States.

While Mintz will have to go through an immense amount of physical therapy, he won't go through it alone.

A GoFundMe page was created by his family to help with medical expenses.

The goal was slight compared to the amount of rehabilitation he will have to endure. Originally, the family's goal was to raise $10,000.

Just a few days after it was created, it has already raised $774,500.