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Teacher Killed In School Shooting Awarded Military Medals (Video)

Michael Landsberry
Michael Landsberry

One year ago today, a 12-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun killed Sparks Middle School math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, as he tried to protect his students. As Reuters reported at the time:

[Landsberry] was gunned down when he stepped into the shooter's line of fire, giving students time to flee to safety.

On Sunday, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Landsberry was posthumously awarded the Air Force’s Airman’s Medal and the National Guard Association of the United States’ Valley Forge Cross for Heroism.

As Home Post reported last year, Landsberry was a member of the Nevada Air National Guard, and was deployed several times to Afghanistan as a part of the 152nd Airlift Wing.


Landsberry was also a Marine Corps veteran. He left behind a wife and two stepdaughters.

Reno television station KOLO-TV attended the award ceremony, and has this report: