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Army Awards Highest Medals Possible to JROTC Cadets Killed in School Shooting

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When the 17 most recent school shooting victims’ identities were released to the public, it was discovered that three of the victims were part of the JROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Days after the shooting, a petition was started for those cadets to receive the Army’s highest honor — the Medal of Heroism.

Peter Wang, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque all received Medals of Heroism. The cadet’s achievements  “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy courage and fortitude.”

According to Task and Purpose, Petty’s family will receive her medal on Feb 20th, which coincides with her burial service.

Eyewitnesses at the Florida high school claimed Wang was last seen holding the door for his fellow students. Wang’s family received their son’s medal on Tuesday.

Wang’s death started the petition that read: “His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”

Wang’s family said they planned to bury him in his uniform. “The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal will be given to his family,” a spokesperson for U.S. Army Cadet Command said.

Wang was planning on attending the U.S. Military Academy West Point after his graduation. They admitted him posthumously, according to Fox News.

“It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man,” a spokesperson for the academy said in a statement. “West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidate’s whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country.”

All three of the JROTC victims will have Florida National Guard members at their burial service. The Army is also looking to possibly award two other JROTC members who survived and acted heroically.