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Soldier with Killeen ties awarded medal for act of heroism during El Paso mass shooting

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 10:48:43-04

EL PASO — Pfc. Glendon Oakley from Killeen, and an automated logistical supply specialist assigned to 504th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal on Wednesday.

Oakley is hailed a hero after saving children when an active shooter situation unfolded in an El Paso Walmart. Pfc. Oakley was shopping when it happened.

Oakley was awarded the medal by Maj. Darrell Lyles, the acting commander of 142nd CSSB during an award ceremony held at Fort Bliss.

The award is to recognize Oakley's act of heroism during the El Paso mass shooting, for selflessly taking action to save others that day.

“I’m thinking, if I have a child, what I would want somebody else to do,” Oakley said after the El Paso mass shooting.