September 12, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 152 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER ELIJAH HARNUM; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 152
(House of Representatives - September 12, 2018)
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[Page H8163] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER ELIJAH HARNUM (Mr. KIHUEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. KIHUEN. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the life of Christopher Elijah Harnum. On November 13, 2010, Chris was a victim of gun violence, a 14-year- old boy shot through the stomach as he played with his friends. Chris spent over a year in the hospital recovering from his injuries. As he recovered, Chris devoted his life to serving others. Chris worked to become an EMT so that he could help those in need. In the aftermath of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas, Chris formed Vegas Out of Ashes, a nonprofit devoted to helping those victims. Chris personally collected donations, purchased water and goods, promoted blood drives, and visited local hospitals. Through it all, Chris struggled with PTSD and depression from his own trauma. The events of October 1 reopened Chris' wounds, and as he worked tirelessly to help those suffering around him, Chris suffered himself. On August 19, 2018, Chris lost his battle against depression. Today, I honor Chris as a fighter, who rose from his own ashes to put the needs of others above his own, who exuded love through his own pain and who embodied the best of what it means to be a Nevadan, a Las Vegan, and an American. ____________________