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Old 02-20-2018, 11:17 AM
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The Army Awards Its Heroism Medal To Three JROTC Cadets Who Died In Florida School Shooting
By: Vera Bergengruen - BuzzFeed News Reporter 2-20-18
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The US Army is awarding the Medal of Heroism to three students killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week.

An Army spokesman confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the award had been approved for three members of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps who “gave their lives during the shooting.” Seventeen students and teachers who died when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The family of Peter Wang received the award during his funeral Tuesday. The family had requested that he be buried in his JROTC uniform, and the Army provided a medal to be pinned to his uniform at the open-casket service. Another “keepsake” medal was given to his parents, US Army Cadet Command spokesman Michael Maddox told BuzzFeed News.

Wang, 15, was last seen holding a door open so that others could escape the shooter, his cousin told the Miami Herald. He was wearing his ROTC uniform when he was shot and killed.

As of Tuesday morning, an online petition to have Wang buried with full military honors had received more than 40,500 signatures. His service was expected to be attended by military veterans.

The medal was also presented to the family of 14-year-old Alaina Petty at her memorial service on Monday.

A third cadet who died, Martin Duque, will also receive a JROTC Heroism Medal from the Army. It will be presented to his family during his viewing and service on Saturday, a spokesman said.

The Army is also reviewing awards for other possible cadets who were mentioned in news reports.

“However, the immediate focus right now is on supporting the funerals with dignity and honor, so deserved by these cadets and their families,” Maddox told BuzzFeed News in an email.

The military decoration is awarded to JROTC cadets “who perform an act of heroism,” according to the Army, which “must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.”

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Army awards medals to students killed in Florida shooting
By Jamie Crawford, CNN - Updated 12:53 PM ET, Tue February 20, 2018
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Washington (CNN)The US Army is awarding medals for heroism to three students killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were also cadets in the school's Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program and will receive the Medal of Heroism for their actions in last Wednesday's shooting.

Petty's family was presented with her medal at her funeral service Monday, and Wang's family was due to receive his medal at his service Tuesday morning, where Wang was to be buried in his JROTC uniform, according to Army spokesman Michael Maddox.

"The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second 'keepsake' medal," will be given to the Wang family, Maddox said.

Duque's family will be presented with his medal during a service on Saturday.
Wang was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let other people escape. "He died a gentleman holding the door for other students," his classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN after the shooting.

Awards for other possible cadets are going through the review process. Maddox said the current focus is on "supporting the funerals and dignity and honor, so deserved by these cadets and their families."

According to the Army, the Medal of Heroism is awarded to a JROTC cadet "who performs an act of heroism."

"The achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances," according to the criteria laid out by the Army. "The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage."

Seventeen people were killed in the shooting.
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