U.S. Army Awards Medals Of Heroism To Three Parkland JROTC Students Who Died Saving Classmates

The Army will also posthumously appoint JROTC student Peter Wang to the class of 2025.

The United States Army is awarding Medals of Heroism to each of the three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps students who died saving others in last week's tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

One of the students, Cadet Peter Wang, will also be admitted posthumously to the United States Army's West Point Academy — a lifelong dream that was stolen from him when he was gunned down with 16 of his classmates.

The Daily Beast reports that Army officials presented medals to Cadet Wang's family at his memorial service on Tuesday and to the family of Cadet Alaina Petty, whose service was held earlier this week. Cadet Martin Duque's family will receive a medal at his funeral service on Saturday.

The medal, the Army says, recognizes military members who are “involved in the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities.”

Florida military veterans also organized their own memorial on social media, and will be at Wang's funeral on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity with a fallen member of their brotherhood. Wang died helping students evade the stalking shooter; the JROTC cadet reportedly held a door open so that his classmates could exit the building safely, but was killed before he made it out himself.

Wang had hoped to attend West Point, and the military academy announced on Tuesday that they would be presenting Wang's family with a letter of acceptance, as well as a plaque with honorarium tokens.

Wang will be recognized as a member of the West Point Class of 2025.

The three students were among 17 killed and more than 20 injured when an armed gunman, whom law enforcement were warned could engage in an attack of this nature, rampaged through the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida.

What's Your Reaction?