WNY native bestowed highest non-combat honors

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WIVB) — A western New York native was recognized for his heroism during a ceremony at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Major Patrick Miller, who grew up in Allegany in Cattaraugus County, received the Soldier’s Medal for his heroic actions at Fort Hood, Texas. Major Miller photo

The Soldier’s Medal is awarded for valor in non-combat situations. It is the highest honor for valor given by the Army outside combat. On April 2, 2014, a gunman opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood. Major Miller was shot in the abdomen, yet still helped lead other soldiers to safety. Four soldiers died in the mass shooting including the gunman, and sixteen were wounded.

Major Miller was cited Monday for “heroism above and beyond the call of duty.” He was “voluntarily risking his own life to save the life of fellow soldiers.”

The Soldier’s Medal was presented to Major Miller by Lieutenant General Robert Brown, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center. Major Miller’s wife, Ashley, was in attendance, as well as fellow St. Bonaventure graduate, Major Colby Krug. Many other friends and colleagues joined them at the ceremony.

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