RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada middle school teacher has posthumously been awarded a rare Air Force medal for bravery, a year after he was killed while trying to protect children during a schoolyard shooting.
Nevada Air National Guard Col. David Clark on Sunday presented the Air Force Airman's Medal to Sharon Landsberry, the widow of Sparks Middle School teacher Michael Landsberry. More than 500 people gathered for the ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
Clark also presented Sharon Landsberry with the United States' Valley Forge Cross for Heroism.
Michael Landsberry was shot and killed by a seventh grader who wounded two fellow students before killing himself.
Clark says the Airman's Medal is the highest award given to an airman for heroism in noncombat. Only 250 have been issued since it was created in 1960.