US Army awards JROTC Heroism medals to students killed in Parkland massacre

The US Army is honoring three students killed in last week’s school shooting in Florida with Medals of Heroism.

Alaina Petty, Martin Duque, and Peter Wang, students and JROTC cadets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are receiving the US Army’s Medal of Heroism, CNN reported.

The casket of Alaina Petty, a victim of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leaves her funeral in Coral Springs, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

Petty’s family was presented with her medal at her funeral service Monday. Wang’s family was given his medal at a Tuesday morning service. The family of Duque will be given their son’s at a funeral service on Saturday.

A program from the funeral of Alaina Petty, 14. (Photo: Facebook).

The Wang family requested their son, who planned for a career in the Army, be buried in his JROTC uniform.

Army spokesman Michael Maddox told CNN that “the JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal” was given to the teenager’s parents.

A memorial for Peter Wang, one of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, sits on a bandshell stage in a park in Parkland, Florida. (RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images).

Wang, who was shot several times while holding a door open to let his classmates escape the gunfire, was posthumously admitted to West Point, Fox News reported.

In a statement, the academy said:

“It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man. West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidate’s whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country.”

Martin Duque. (Photo: Facebook).

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott instructed the state’s National Guard to honor the three fallen JROTC cadets.

The Department of the Army awards the Medal of Heroism to JROTC cadets whose actions “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage,” according to Fox News.

Other students enrolled in the school’s JROTC program exhibited courage during the tragedy, including Zackary Walls and Colton Haab, who protected their peers by shielding their classroom’s windows with a kevlar curtain.

Zackary Walls, right, and Colton Haab, the two JROTC cadets who protected their classmates using a kevlar curtain. (Photo: Screen Capture).

Awards for the other cadets are currently going through the review process.


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