BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New Yorkers had the opportunity Friday night to see Allegany native Major Patrick Miller tell his compelling story of heroism to a national audience on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Major Miller was seriously wounded when a fellow soldier opened fire at Fort Hood in April killing three soldiers and wounding 16 others. Miller says he heard the first shots and went running to help. He came face to face with the gunman who shot him at close range.
Despite his wounds, and while applying pressure to them, Major Miller was able to ensure several soldiers were moved to a safe area. In the chaos, he was also calling 911 to report the shooting.
Major Miller has endured several surgeries since the attack at Fort Hood, but during his recovery has been able to travel back to his native Cattaraugus County and appear as Grand Marshal in a parade in the Village of Allegany. Fans also gave him a hero’s welcome when he appeared in uniform on the field during a Bills game at Ralph Wilson stadium.
During his CNN interview, Major Miller was quick to point out the ‘real’ heroes are the service members who don’t come home. He named the 3 soldiers who were killed in the Ft. Hood shootings.
He said the experience has taught him to appreciate every day. He urged others to do the same and he said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”