On Oct. 1, 2017, Mandy Monroe attended the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. Today, she says a phone charger and a mobile app is what helped her escape a tragic mass shooting.
Mandy Monroe, a Veterans Department employee and massive country music fan, was one of the 20,000 people in attendance. And while she was lucky enough to not be hit by a bullet, she said the panic and terror of the tragedy made it seem like “the center of hell.”
She remembers watching Jason Aldean perform when she suddenly heard what she assumed were fireworks behind her. But when she saw people bleeding, her military training kicked in immediately. Police report the gunfire only lasted 10 minutes, but Monroe was helping others find shelter near a trailer for close to three hours, she estimates.
Eventually, she remembered her car must be somewhere close, but couldn't figure out where. The combination of trauma and adrenaline made impossible to remember which gate she had parked by.
“After helping others, my adrenaline was still pumping so fast that I could not get my bearings on my surroundings of where I had parked my car,” Monroe said.
She looked at her keys, knowing she couldn't set off her alarm. It would only serve to draw attention to her, and she couldn't hear it anyway — Monroe has impaired hearing in one ear. And the concert took place on a 15-acre lot, which meant wandering to look for it was not a viable option.
She then remembered the ZUS Smart Car Charger she had purchased months earlier to help her find her car in a crowded shopping mall parking lot. She was a very early supporter of the product and had bought it when it first came out on Indiegogo.
Monroe now credits the tool and its mobile application, which can charge your phone, monitor your car battery, log your mileage, and locate your car, to saving her life.
“I pulled out my cell phone and opened the ZUS app where the location of my car appeared and told me that my car was 200 feet in front of me. I looked up and realized it was across the street behind a bush.”
The ZUS Smart Driving Assistant App shows users exactly where their car is located based on where it last parked. Using Bluetooth technology, map view and easy to follow arrows and text indicators, users can quickly — and — safely find their vehicle in any situation.
“Because of this device, I was able to locate my car that night and safely get out of the chaos,” Monroe said. “Without a doubt, I believe that if I wouldn't have had this that I wouldn't have been able to locate my car, even if it was right in front of me, because of the state of mind I was in.”
Today, months after “one of the worst mass shootings in American history” she says she's lucky to be alive.
"I just wanted to reach out to you and your company and say thank you and to let you know that your product really made a difference in my life, especially on that night!".