JROTC cadets killed in Florida shooting are given Medal of Heroism

Peter Wang was a freshman and member of the ROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was remembered as a brave teen who was seen holding the door open for others during the shooting


Three students killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week are being awarded posthumous medals of heroism, the Miami Herald reports.

JROTC cadets Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque were among the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The JROTC Heroism Medal is an official US military honor awarded by the Department of the Army to cadets whose actions "involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage".

Peter, who hoped to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, was killed in his military uniform after putting himself at risk by holding a door open so that classmates might survive the bloodbath.

Wang's service will be an open casket, and his family requested he would be buried in his JROTC uniform.

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Wang's family was being given a "keepsake" medal - and the family of Cadet Alaina Petty received a similar "keepsake" medal at her funeral Monday. Wang's medal was presented at his service Tuesday and Duque will be honored at his Saturday.

"Alaina was a vibrant and determined young woman, loved by all who knew her", her family said in a statement.

U.S. Military Academy West Point also posthumously admitted Wang to its class of 2025, according to Sun Sentinel reporter Brittany Wallman.

As of Tuesday afternoon more than 60,000 people had signed a White House petition call for Wang to receive a full honors military burial for helping to save the lives of several students as crazed gunman and fellow JROTC member Nikolas Cruz, 19, went on a shooting rampage. The funeral was attended by military veterans in dress uniform and members of the Patriot Guard Riders. "The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage". Maddox said the current focus is on "supporting the funerals and dignity and honor, so deserved by these cadets and their families".

"Awards for other possible Cadets are going through a review process, to include the two Cadets who were on the news".

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