Orlando trainer with NC roots: 'Lift each other up'

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Thomas Sapp is a personal trainer in Orlando, but his roots are in NC.

On Orlando's Orange Avenue, five miles away from Pulse nightclub, we found Thomas Sapp, a personal trainer. He was raised in Fayetteville, his dad based at Pope Army Airfield.

"(I) went to Fayetteville State," Sapp said. "Played basketball for Fayetteville State University."

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And as news spread of the terror at Pulse, Sapp's cell phone lit up.

WATCH: ABC11's Joel Brown reports from Orlando on Tuesday night
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Joel Brown reports live from Orlando on Tuesday evening.



"I looked at my phone, I had about 50 messages," Sapp said. "Mom, Dad in Fayetteville, uncle in Chicago, friends overseas."

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Sapp was fine and his family was relieved.

But like many Orlandians, he rushed to donate blood for the victims.



It's one small way Sapp is helping his adopted hometown recover.

"I feel like the fact that we've figured out that we have to lift each other up and we can't just make it a jingle," Sapp said, "we've really taken it to heart."

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Jason Gonzalez talks to ABC11. He made it out unscathed but his friend was shot five times.

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