EL PASO, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen native was honored Wednesday for his role in helping save lives of people during the mass shooting that took place outside an El Paso Walmart.
Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley, Jr. grew up in Killeen while his father was stationed at Fort Hood.
He is now stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso and is an automated logistical supply specialist assigned to 504th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade.
He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) by Maj. Darrell Lyles, the acting commander of 142nd CSSB during an award ceremony held on post.
He told El Paso station KTSM that he was in a sports store at the mall buying a jersey when a little kid ran in saying there was an active shooter.
"I tried to make my way to the parking lot and I just see a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents and stuff," Oakley said after the attack.
The 22-year-old says his past two years of military experience kicked in when he heard the gunshots.
"It was a whole bunch of kids in there. I just hoped nothing happened to the kids- they were without their parents," he added.
"I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me."
He returned home from a deployment in Kuwait a few months prior to the shooting.