Wall of HEROES

Jacob "Jake" Ryker

Thurston High School, Oregon May 21st, 1998 (Living)

On May 21st, 1998 a shooter killed his parents then went to his school after being expelled, Thurston High School, Oregon, killing two, Mikael Nickolauson and Ben Walker, while injuring 25 others. These numbers were lowered by a group of heroes. Jacob "Jake" Ryker, who has already been shot in the lung, struggled with the gunman, who pulled out a 9mm handgun. Jacob grabbed at the gun as it was pointed toward his face and it discharged, striking the knuckle on his left index finger. It was Jacob's 17th birthday.

Several other boys then joined in to subdue the gunman, including his brother Joshua Ryker; two brothers, 18-year-old Doug Ure and 15-year-old David Ure, and another student, Adam Walberger. The other boys were not injured.

The Medal of Honor with Crossed Palms was pinned on Jake Ryker by his father Robert Ryker in 1998 for his heroic actions in tackling school shooter.


Spencer Stone, Aleksander Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler

Paris Train Attack, August 21st, 2015 (Living)

On the 21st of August 2015, a man opened fire on a Thalys train on its way from Amsterdam to Paris.  He exited the lavatory, he encountered 28-year-old Frenchman "Damien A." On seeing the shirtless and heavily armed Moroccan, Damien attempted to restrain the gunman, but was overpowered and fell to the floor. Seated nearby, American-born Frenchman Mark Moogalian (age 51) saw the scuffle, got up, and in the ensuing struggle wrested the rifle from the shooter.  As Moogalian turned to move his wife out of harm's way, the assailant pulled out a concealed 9mm Luger pistol and shot Moogalian in the neck. Seriously injured, Moogalian fell to the floor and remained still, playing dead. The shooter retrieved the rifle, walked to the passenger area and attempted to fire the weapon at the occupants of the car, but the weapon jammed.

Sitting about 10 meters down the aisle from the assailant were three American friends, two of them off-duty members of the Armed Forces: 23-year-old Airman First Class Spencer Stone, 22-year-old Specialist Alek Skarlatos, and 23-year-old Anthony Sadler. Alarmed by the sound of the gunshot that injured Moogalian, and seeing the shirtless assailant with an assault rifle, Skarlatos cried out to his friends "Get him!" Stone, who did not know the weapon was jammed, moved first. He ran up the aisle, straight at the gun-wielding assailant and put him into a chokehold.  Attempting to free himself, the shooter repeatedly cut Stone in the hand, head, and neck with the utility knife; Stone's thumb was nearly severed. Skarlatos seized the jammed rifle off the floor and began "muzzle-thumping" the shooter about the head, while Stone continued his choke-hold. El Khazzani fell unconscious.  In a video taken in the immediate aftermath, an American voice can be heard exclaiming, "Dude, I tried to shoot him."

British passenger Chris Norman (age 62) and a French train driver helped to hold the assailant down, and they used Norman's T-shirt to tie his arms behind his back. Norman was injured in the process but did not need hospitalization.  About his joining the struggle to subdue the shooter, Norman said, I'm not going to be the guy who dies sitting down." "If you're going to die, try to do something about it."

Skarlatos then swept the other cars for more gunmen with the assault rifle and pistol in hand. He noted that the assault rifle was jammed and the pistol was missing a magazine and had no rounds in the chamber; neither gun was fire-ready.  Stone, a military-trained medic, tried to stop the severe bleeding from Moogalian's gunshot wound by wrapping his shirt around the injury.  This proved ineffective, so he inserted two fingers into the wound and pushed down on an artery, which stopped the bleeding.

The train was carrying 554 passengers and was passing Oignies in the Pas-de-Calais department when the attack took place, and it was rerouted to the station of Arras.  Moogalian was airlifted to the University Hospital in Lille, while Stone was later treated for thumb and eye injuries and other wounds.  The remaining passengers were taken to Arras, where they were searched and identified before being allowed to proceed to Paris.

These men are absolute heroes as are those that helped them as well.  

James Shaw, Jr.

James Shaw, Jr.

Antioch Waffle House, Tennesee, April 22nd, 2018 (Living)

In the early hours of April 22, 2018, Shaw challenged, charged, and disarmed a mass shooter who had already killed three, the North Nashville native saw his life change forever. 

When the shooting started, he ran to the bathroom—a bullet grazed his elbow and he realized there was no exit—so when he saw the gunman point the rifle down, perhaps to reload or fix a jam, he lunged and wrestled the weapon away from him. The gunman was captured by police a few days later. While four people died in the attack, it is likely that Shaw's action saved the lives of more restaurant patrons. Afterward, Shaw established a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the families of the four victims. Total donations raised by Shaw surpassed US$200,000 in early May 2018.  While he has been described as a hero by numerous people, including Tennessee authorities, he has said that he does not think of himself in those terms.

We believe that Shaw is a true hero and deserving of the title of a Trident Shield Hero.

Riley Howell

Riley Howell

UNCC - Died April 30th, 2019

When gunfire rang out in a classroom on April 30th, 2019, inside the Kennedy building, 21-year-old Howell did exactly what people are trained to do -- run, hide or fight, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

"Having no place to run and hide, he did the last," Putney said at a news conference on Wednesday.  Howell "took the assailant off his feet," allowing officers to step in and apprehend him, according to Putney.  Without him, "the assailant may not have been disarmed," Putney said.

"His sacrifice saved lives," Putney said.

Howell and fellow student Ellis Parlier, 19, were killed in the shooting and four more were hurt.

Born Dec. 13, 1997, Mr. Howell grew up on a 100-acre “gentleman’s farm,” as his mother called it, on the edge of a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains. The families of his parents live in the area.

He was not a young man who played it safe, she said. He jumped without trepidation from high rocks into the ocean and worked a chainsaw on the farm.

He was also a deep scholar of Star Wars, amassing a legion of Jedi action figures with his brother Ted, 14. He cooked on a cast-iron skillet he got for Christmas, fixed up junk cars and was an avid target shooter, but not a hunter.

His sister Juliet, 16, said that when she began thinking about a first car, her older brother took it on himself to shop online to find deals for her, counseling against certain vintages because they had been manufactured during recessions and he believed their quality could be suspect.

And he was handy, an uncommon quality among many young men, who do not have the slightest idea how to fix things, said another sister, Iris, 19. “Guys his age looked up to him because he was a jack-of-all-trades,” she said.

Mr. Howell played sports, including soccer and cross-country in high school, and while he was aggressive, his family said, he was not competitive.

Kendrick Castillo

Kendrick Castillo

STEM School - Died May 7th, 2019

Kendrick Castillo was an 18-year-old student from STEM Highlands Ranch school. He has been identified as the only student who died on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 following the STEM Highlands Ranch School shooting. Friends and family members have said that Castillo died a hero as he tried to prevent his classmates from getting hurt.

Castillo was due to graduate on May 10th, three days after he was killed.  He was active on the school’s robotics team and had a passion for technology. Castillo was an intern at Baccara USA, an electronic hardware manufacturer, in Denver.

Kendrick saved lives.

Keanon Lowe

Keanon Lowe

Parkrose High School, Oregon May 17th, 2019 (Living)

Keanon Lowe acted fast and saved lives! "A distraught student entered a classroom Friday at Parkrose High School wearing a black trench coat and carrying a shotgun but didn’t hurt anyone before he was tackled in the hallway by the football coach, police and witnesses said.
Parents and students reported Coach Keanon Lowe, one of Oregon’s most prominent high school and college football players of the past decade, took the armed male student to the ground."


Ryan Keith Cox

Virginia Beach Municipal Center - Died May 31st, 2019

Ryan Keith Cox, 50, entered into eternal rest on May 31, 2019.  He graduated from Princess Anne High School and furthered his education by completing a Bachelor's degree in Business with an Accounting Specialty from St. Leo University, FL.  Ryan worked as an Accounting Clerk for the city of Virginia Beach for 12 1/2 years.  He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, Anointed Voices, Men of Hope, the Male Chorus and the Men's Ministry.  Keith loved sports, reading and studying the Bible.

Keith’s first instinct when shots were fired in his office building was not to run, but to protect. Once he secured a group of 7 women, he went back inside to check on other colleagues. Keith saved lives!

His last words were: "You're safe now. You stay.  Stay here, stay quiet.  I have to go check on the other ones."

Tara OSullivan

Officer Tara O'Sullivan

Sacramento, California - Died June 19th, 2019

Officer O'Sullivan was part of the first class of graduates of Sacramento State’s Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars program in 2017 and went on to the Sacramento Police Academy. She was a child development major at Sac State. She had served with the Sacramento Police Department for six months and previously served as a Community Service Officer.

Officer Tara O'Sullivan was killed while protecting the life of another during a domestic disturbance.

Brian Light

Brian Light

Morgan Hill Ford Dealership - Died June 25th, 2019

He was 59 years old. The father of two grown sons and he loved the outdoors. He would often have lunch with his coworkers and talk about trips with his family.

An active shooter barged into the office, after being fired, and shot his supervisor, Xavier Soto at point-blank range. Brian then tackled the shooter to the ground in what police describe as "nothing short of heroic". Brian gave customers and employees precious seconds to run for cover.

Brian died saving lives.


Const. Heidi Stevenson

Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Died April 19th, 2020

The wife and mother of two was a 23 year veteran of the RCMP and beloved pillar in her community. Known for her radiant smile and warm interaction with fellow citizens, she will be deeply missed.

Heidi was 48 years old when she was killed in the line of duty while responding to gunman's rampage that lasted 12 hours and claimed 22 lives across the Nova Scotia province. Heidi died protecting her community.

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Tom Bagley

Retired Navy Veteran & Firefighter - Died April 19th, 2020

On the morning of Sunday, April 19th, Tom left his house for his morning walk like he did most mornings but, this time, he would not return. A retired Navy Veteran and local Firefighter, Tom was no stranger to helping people and saving lives. During his morning walk that day he saw smoke and fire pouring out of his neighbors' house and he ran to help. Sadly this would be Tom's last call as he came in contact with the Nova Scotia gunman and became one of his 22 victims. Tom embodied the warrior spirit and died trying to save his fellow man.

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Corpus Christi Naval Base Gate Security (Living)

On the morning of Thursday, May 21, 2020, a Syrian-American terrorist armed with an AR-15, a shotgun, and a pistol planned to shoot the gate guard, enter the Navy base in Corpus Christi, Texas and kill as many on base as possible. A young female Sailor on duty checking IDs was shot square in the chest by the terrorist. Her ceramic armor stopped the bullet, but the force knocked her to the ground. She was able to activate the final denial barrier before the terrorist could pass through. She then unloaded her side arm pistol into the vehicle killing the terrorist and saving unknown lives.