Joshua Quick is being hailed as a hero—now, if only he would agree. "I want to offer my gratitude to everybody," said the second-year Florida State University law student Friday at a meeting of FSU's board of trustees, per the Tallahassee Democrat. "Thank you all for the recognition I don't feel I deserve." FSU President John Thrasher and the board promised at least $30,000 of their own money to pay Quick's school costs for his actions during the Nov. 2 hot-yoga shooting in Tallahassee. "We are going to start an effort to take care of the rest of his time at our law school," said Thrasher, who expressed hope the board would give more. "I want you to know how much gratitude we have for what you did."
Quick has stayed humble about his actions that day. On Good Morning America, Quick said he only struck shooter Scott Beierle with his own gun because the weapon had stopped firing, per USA Today. The 40-year-old assailant pistol-whipped Quick until bloodied, but the student kept fighting: "I jumped up as quickly as I could, ran back over and next thing you know, I'm grabbing a broom, anything I can," said Quick. "And I hit him again." Quick's actions allowed others to escape the studio where two women—Dr. Nancy Van Nessem, 61, and student Maura Binkley, 21—were murdered in cold blood and five were wounded. "I want to thank that guy from the bottom of my heart," says survivor Daniela Garcia Albalat, "because he saved my life." (Beierle demeaned women in YouTube videos.)