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Students Killed In Florida Shooting Awarded Army Medal Of Heroism

The award is presented for "exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage."
Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 20, 2018

Three junior ROTC cadets killed in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are being awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.

One student, 15-year-old Peter Wang, has also been posthumously admitted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Wang died after holding the door open for others fleeing the school. 

Of his actions, one teacher said: "I personally witnessed one of my kids holding the door, pushing kids through the door while bullets are coming at him. I don't know many adults who could have done that."

The Medal of Heroism is awarded to JROTC cadets who perform acts of heroism involving "the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage."

The family of 14-year-old Alaina Petty was presented with her medal during her funeral Monday. A third will go the the family of 14-year-old Martin Duque Anguiano at his funeral on Saturday.