Florida classmates call for military funeral for a student
JROTC student, Peter Wang, deceased, hold the doors for the Park, students and staff to escape the shooting.
Three junior ROTC cadets, who were killed in the Florida high school shooting last week will be honored with heroism medals by the US Army.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army, told Fox News on Tuesday Cadet Command approved Junior ROTC Heroism Medals to cadets Alaina Petty, Peter Wang, and Martin Duque.
The family of Small, 14, the medal during her funeral ceremony on Monday, where more than 1,500 people came to pay their respects.
Wang’s family received his medal in his service Tuesday morning.
According to students and teachers, Wang, 15, died in his junior ROTC uniform while helping students, teachers and staff to escape from the shooting.
An online petition to the White House, wanted to give Wang full military honors at his funeral. It had more than 43,700 signatures as of Tuesday.
“His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of the dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full military honors burial,” the petition said.
The Army spokesman said the family has asked Wang to be buried in his junior ROTC uniform.
“The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘souvenir’ medal will be given to his family,” Michael Maddox, told Fox News in an e-mail.
The family of the 13-year-old Duque will receive the medal on Saturday during his funeral service.
Maddox said awards for other potential cadets go through a process.
“However, the immediate focus now lies on the support of the funerals with dignity and honor so deserved by these cadets and their families,” he added.
All three students were killed by the shooter Nikolas Cruz, a former JROTC member, when he opened fire at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday. Cruz, 17 people were killed during the spree.
The JROTC Heroism Medal is a U.S. military decoration awarded by the Department of the Army JROTC cadets whose performance is “involved in the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying sublime fortitude and courage.”
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang