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Parkland Hero Wanted to Go to West Point Before He Died. West Point Just Posthumously Accepted Him.

Peter Wang wanted to be an Army officer but he died saving students at Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. Today his family was honored.

James LaPorta2.20.18 1:10 PM ET

PARKLAND, Florida—Peter Wang’s dream was to go to West Point, but before he could be a soldier he laid down his life as a hero.

Wang was a cadet in the U.S. Army’s Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he was killed last week while helping fellow students escape a hail of gunfire that killed 17 people. Two other JROTC members were also killed.

The Army gave Wang an honorary certificate of acceptance to the United States Military Academy, displayed next to the open casket where Wang rested. The Army also bestowed the Medal of Heroism to Wang, who wore it on his dress uniform.

“West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidate's whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country,” West Point said in a statement.

Wang reportedly held a door open to let students escape the gunfire. That act of selflessness was not unusual, a student named Rachel told hundreds of mourners.

The day before the shooting, Rachel said she forgot her lunch, but Peter gave his lunch to her instead.

Wang was scheduled to be promoted to cadet private this week, two cadets told The Daily Beast.

The memorial service was attended by JROTC cadets from schools across south Florida as well as military veterans and members of the local community. Wang and his family were escorted by veterans.

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