At least three of the students killed in the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week were Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets, and are being honored by the U.S. Army.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner, the Army has presented the JROTC Medal of Heroism to two of the families during the memorial services for their slain children, and the third will be presented on Saturday.
The family of Alaina Petty was presented her medal during a memorial service Monday, and the family of Peter Wang will be presented his medal at a service Tuesday. The Army said Wang’s family requested the 15-year-old be buried in his JROTC uniform, which will include the Medal of Heroism. The family will also receive a second “keepsake” medal.
Wang reportedly held a door open for his fellow students to get out of the school ahead of him. A White House petition launched in the wake of the shooting called for Wang to be buried with full military honors. The petition currently has more than 56,000 signatures.
The family of the third JROTC cadet, Martin Duque, will receive his medal Saturday.
The three students were killed when Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire at the high school last week. Seventeen people died and several more were injured in the shooting.
The Army said it is currently going through a review process to award additional medals for other JROTC cadets.
In the following interview, two Florida JROTC students share memories of the three students being honored.