Local Soldier called hero in wake of Ft. Hood shooting

Created: 04/09/2014 11:28 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

One week after the mass shooting at the nation's largest army post, the nation paused to remember those killed and injured in last week's deadly shooting.

Officials say Army Specialist Ivan Lopez shot and killed 3 people and injured 18 others before killing himself.

It's the second time in five years President Obama has had to visit Fort Hood, to mourn those lost and wounded after an attack by a fellow soldier.

One of the victims honored today, a soldier from Western New York Major Patrick Miller of Allegany helped save the lives of his fellow soldiers, even after he was shot himself.

We went to his hometown of Allegany, New York, to talk with residents about their hero.

While people here in Allegany aren't celebrating what happened at Fort Hood last week, they are paying tribute to the soldiers there, and honoring one of their own. Many there say Major Patrick Miller is a hometown hero.

Lynn Hirliman almost can't stop the tears as she talks about army Major Miller. Hirliman says Miller and her brother were high school friends.

"A wonderful outgoing kid, who cares more about other people than himself. Good kid, good family, we're just all proud," said Hirliman.

Proud of a man who has become a hero to people who live in Allegany, a small town near the Pennsylvania border. News of last week's shooting spread quickly through the area, and even people who didn't know Miller or his family began to pray for him. And today the as President spoke at the memorial about the soldier's bravery at Ft. Hood, conversations here in Allegany once again centered around the St. Bonaventure University graduate.

George and Sue Stevenson don't know Miller, but his father is their family podiatrist.

"I did here some of the comments. I was sitting in the dentist office with my children, but I did hear some of his comments and you know it's very touching a hometown boy would be mentioned in the President's speech and we're very proud of him, said Sue Stevenson.

We just got a tweet from Major Miller saying, "wanted to take a moment to genuinely thank everyone for all the warm-felt thoughts and prayers as i continue to recover and gain strength."

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