Waffle House hero James Shaw recognized by Tennessee lawmakers

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Waffle House patron James Shaw, Jr. (C) who stopped the shooting at a Waffle House where a gunman opened fire killing four and injuring two attends a press conference with FBI Special Agent In Charge, Matthew Espenshade (L) and Metro Nashville Mayor David Briley (right) on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Shaw, Jr., 29, took action disarming the gunman and ultimately forcing him out of the Waffle House restaurant. Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in the shooting and is suspected to have left the scene naked. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

The brave hero that wrestled an AR-15 assault rifle away from gunman Travis Reinking last week during a random Waffle House shooting was honored by Tennessee lawmakers, the Tennessean reports.

James Shaw, 29, was presented with a resolution at the Tennessee House of Senate earlier this week for his heroism. His resolution partly reads:

“if his heroism is equaled by anything, it is Mr. Shaw’s penchant for honesty; he later asserted that his actions were purely selfish and that he was only trying to stay alive, but everyone else, from Mayor David Briley, to Police Chief Steve Anderson, to Nashvillians from all walks of life, disagrees; and WHEREAS, no matter his motivations, Mr. Shaw is indeed a hero; his actions on that fateful morning are unfathomable to most, indescribable by even the chief of police, and very poignant to the citizens of Nashville, who are deeply grateful for his brave actions in the face of extreme adversity that saved many lives”

“We are so grateful for what you did,” State Sen. Thelma Harper said. “There would have been so many more people that are dead or hurt if it weren’t for you.”

Shaw, who has denied being a hero, has also opened a GoFundMe page to raise money for the four victims’ families, which has received over $100,000 in donations.

Shaw said he was relieved when Reinking was caught by police.

“It was a big sigh of relief,” Shaw said at the presentation. “If you have ever done squats and taken the weight off your back and put it back on the stand? That’s how it was.”

After a 34-hour search, Reinking was caught and charged with four counts of criminal homicide