FORT HOOD, TX. (WIVB) – A Western New York native injured while helping pull his fellow soldiers to safety during this month’s deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood is now out of the hospital.
Major Patrick Miller, who grew up in the Village of Allegany, is now at his home in Texas recovering. Jennifer Hlad, who wrote the incredible story of bravery in Stars and Stripes, says after being shot in the gut, Major Miller pulled his comrades to safety behind a door and called 911.
“From what we’ve heard he was actually putting pressure on his wound with one hand and calling 911 with the other hand.” Hlad said, “A lot of people have been talking about it he is certainly one of the first heroes to emerge here.”
She added, “He definitely played a role keeping the other soldiers away from the gunfire.”
In all, 16 people were shot and three were killed by gunman Spc. Ivan Lopez, who took his own life after the shooting. Investigators now believe Lopez had an argument with his superiors prior to the shooting, which reportedly involved a leave request.
Major Miller, an Iraq War veteran and graduate of St. Bonaventure University, sent out a tweet last week saying, “Wanted to take a moment to genuinely thank EVERYONE for all the warm-felt thoughts and prayers as I continue to recover and gain strength.”