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Army awards medals to three students killed in Florida shooting

Army awards medals to three students killed in Florida shooting

Three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets killed in last week's shooting at a South Florida high school have received medals from the U.S. Army for heroism, the military branch said Tuesday. One was to be presented to the family of Cadet Peter Wang on Tuesday at his service.

Wang's dream was to get accepted to the United States Military Academy (USMA), also called West Point. Her family received her medal from the Army during her service.

Wang's friend Aiden Ortiz and another classmate started a petition on the White House website "We the People" to have the federal government bury Wang with full military honors.

A spokesman for the U.S. Army told Fox News on Tuesday that Cadet Command approved Junior ROTC Heroism Medals for cadets Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque. The third will be presented to the family of Cadet Martin Duque on Saturday during his memorial service. Wang was holding a door open for other students when he was shot.

"His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area".

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., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

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"The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second "keepsake" medal will be given to his family", Michael Maddox, told Fox News in an email.

Instead of simply running to save his own life, Wang held a door open to allow other students to escape before he was killed, Cruz Wang's cousin, Aaron Chen, told The Miami Herald.

"Marine Veteran here. If there family sees this I want them to know I would have been honored to serve with this courageous young man!"

The Army is reviewing additional medals for other JROTC cadets. "West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country".

On Monday morning, about 1,500 people attended the funeral of Alaina Petty, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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


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