UNCC shooting hero to receive Medal of Honor’s ‘Single Act of Heroism Award’

UNCC shooting hero to receive Medal of Honor’s ‘Single Act of Heroism Award’
Riley Howell

NORTH CAROLINA — Riley Howell, who lost his life saving his classmates at the University of North Carolina Charlotte last year, is receiving one of the highest national honors.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society will give Riley’s family the “Single Act of Heroism Award.”

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Only two people in the nation get this honor each year. Those who are selected “exemplify the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism.”

They selected Riley for his courage, shielding his classmates from gunfire, tackling the shooter and saving lives.

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THE SOCIETY’S STATEMENT ON RILEY:

“Riley Howell of Waynesville, NC, selected for his courageous act when he shielded students from a gunman during an incident at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Riley Howell did not survive the attack, but he is attributed with saving the lives of many students.”

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Riley, along with one other student Reid Parlier, died in the shooting.

A ceremony honoring him and the other award winners is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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