James Shaw Jr. raises $227,000 for victims.
The Waffle House shooting hero made his minor league debut over the weekend when he was invited to throw out the first pitch for the Nashville Sounds.
James Shaw Jr. was honored at First Tennessee Park Sunday for his selfless disregard for his own safety when he wrestled semi-nude shooting suspect Travis Reinking to the ground after cops say he killed four people on April 22.
“Tonight we honor James Shaw Jr. and his bravery during a senseless act that took four lives,” the team tweeted prior to the game against the Memphis Redbirds.
Shaw, 29, was also given a $4,000 check by the team to be added to the nearly $230,000 he’s already raised in a GoFundMe for victims of the shooting.
In addition to his fundraising, Shaw says he wants to spread a message of mental health awareness and for an end to gun violence, per WTVF.
Shaw has also been honored for his bravery by the Tennessee legislature.
James Shaw Jr. was dubbed “Tennessee’s Hero” by state lawmakers.
“You were confronted with the most unspeakable evil imaginable and you acted with the utmost honor, heroism imaginable,” Rep. Jason Powell told Shaw April 24, according to ABC News. “And I want to say, James Shaw Jr., you are my hero and you are Tennessee’s hero.”
Reinking, 29, was arrested April 23 and remains held on four counts of murder.