Bills honor WNY native shot during Fort Hood rampage

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – During the Buffalo Bills game on Sunday, the team honored local hero Major Patrick Miller.

Sixteen were shot, three killed and the gunman Spc. Ivan Lopez took his own life during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood this year. Major Miller heard the “pop, pop, pop of gunfire” and rushed to get his fellow soldiers to safety.

“From what we’ve heard he was actually putting pressure on his wound with one hand and calling 911 with the other hand,” said Jennifer Hlad, who wrote about Miller for Stars and Stripes.

The WNY native tailgated outside the Ralph before heading into the game and getting into uniform. He came out onto the field for the third quarter.

Miller said he’s a huge Bills fan, and Sunday was a day he’ll never forget.

“So honored to be recognized. So nice to be back home,” he said.

Miller told News 4 he’s used to being in front of crowds and public speaking, but being in front of so many bills fans was especially moving. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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