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May 23, 2018
Phil Aurich, First Option Mortgage Branch President

Phil Aurich, First Option Mortgage Branch President

Last year, our nation was shocked and stunned as a gunman opened fire on an innocent crowd of concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. 58 lives were lost that night and hundreds more left injured. Countless lives were forever changed in the aftermath of this senseless act of violence.

Everyone at First Option was heartbroken to learn that Phil Aurich, Las Vegas native and beloved branch president, had been one of the injured in the 2017 tragedy. Phil suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen as he and his girlfriend Alyson escaped towards rescue personnel. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, spending a week in intensive care.

Miraculously, Phil discovered that he grew up in the same Woodbury community as Dr. Timothy Dickhudt, the surgeon responsible for saving his life. After completing a 13-hour workday, Dr. Dickhudt returned to the hospital to serve as a first-responder. First Option thanks the selfless, remarkable acts of heroes like Dr. Dickhudt.

Phil, Alyson, and thousands of survivors move forward in their recovery with strength and solidarity. More than half a year has passed since that fateful day, and Phil continues to impress and inspire all of us in the First Option family. Phil constantly lives a life of significance through the love he shares with his daughter and son and the kindness he spreads throughout the Las Vegas community.

Phil, Alyson,  and Dr. Timothy Dickhudt were all honored last Wednesday as the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ Hero and Survivors at the T-Mobile Arena.

First Option Mortgage stands in solidarity with the Las Vegas families affected on that fateful night. Our hearts and prayers remain with everyone recovering from tragedy. We mourn those that were lost, and celebrate the survivors and families struggling to pick up the pieces. We stand, hand-in-hand, as our nation continues to walk down the road to recovery.