HE HELD THE DOOR OPEN: Medal of Heroism awarded to JROTC cadet killed in Florida school shooting

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Three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets killed in the Florida school massacre while defending their classmates on Feb. 14 are reportedly being awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.

The students — Peter Wang, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque – are receiving the medals for their performance which “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities” during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

“He is so funny, caring and selfless,’’ Lin Chen, Wang’s older cousin, told the Sun Sentinel of her heroic cousin, who reportedly held the door for other students to flee before him. “He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”

The Daily Beast reports the family of Alaina Petty was presented her Medal of Heroism at a memorial service on Monday, the family of Peter Wang was given his at his memorial service today and the family of Martin Duque will receive his medal on Saturday.

Geography teacher Scott Beigel, who died after opening his classroom door to shelter students, language arts teacher Melissa Falkowski, who hid 19 students in a closet, and coach Aaron Feis, a security guard who reportedly jumped in front of students to shield them, are also being hailed heroes. Beigel and Feis died from their injuries.

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