Out of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stories of heroism and self-sacrifice have begun to emerge.
In the case of Zackary Walls and Colton Haab, two Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets at the high school, the pair sprung into action when they realized the school was under attack.
Walls and Haab told ABC News that as the reality of the situation set in they jumped into action, guiding their peers through the chaos.
“I heard the first two or three pops, I knew it was gunshots. I look back at all the kids behind me, there’s 60 kids looking at me [asking], ‘What do I do, where do I go?’ I just yell, ‘get back in the classroom,'” Walls said.
“I start trying to just herd kids in there, get them to where they’re not pushing and trampling each other and just get them into the room safely. I pulled in teachers, I pulled in kids that weren’t in my class,” he added.
Haab said he noticed the curtains in the classroom were made of Kevlar, a bullet resistant material, a started to cover the kids with it.
“I brought those curtains out because I knew exactly what they were made of,” Haab said. “As I’m building them, I’m thinking I would never need this other than what we’re going to do and after yesterday I’m glad we had them.”
While the pair were saving as many people as they could, other JROTC cadets did, acting similarly heroic, didn’t fare as well. Cadet Peter Wang was last seen holding a door open so other students could get out:
TAPS remembers 17 lives lost at Stoneman Douglas HS. Incl Navy Reservist Chris Hixon an OIF veteran, Alaina Petty a freshman in JROTC & Peter Wang – last seen in his JROTC uniform holding door so others could escape. We honor their lives, devoted & aspiring, in service to others. pic.twitter.com/6A54K1l1JB
— TAPS (@TAPSorg) February 16, 2018
Watch the video above, via ABC News.