CORAOPOLIS, Pa. - A Franklin Regional High School student was honored Sunday in Coraopolis for his actions during April’s school stabbing.
Senior Zachary Fleischauer joined the Army Reserve last year. On the morning of April 9, he put his training to use in the halls of his school by providing first aid to injured students.
Fleischauer was in the library when he heard screams, followed by the fire alarm. Instead of hurrying to get out of harm’s way, he stopped to help his fellow students.
“I was applying pressure and applying tape where needed, wrapped people where they needed it so they wouldn’t bleed out everywhere,” said Fleischauer.
Four students received help from Fleischauer, who was given an Army Achievement Medal on Sunday.
Lt. Col. John Dowling said the decision to give Fleischauer the medal was an easy one.
“This kid did great things that day and just performed outstanding as a soldier, and we’re proud to have him as part of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command,” said Dowling.
Fleischauer said the medal serves as a reminder to keep moving forward.
Twenty students and a security guard were injured during the stabbing spree. The last of the injured to be hospitalized, Greg Keener, was released from Forbes hospital on Saturday.