Newtown victim who helped save lives on shortlist for presidential medal, brother saysPosted: Updated:
Jessie Lewis, the 6-year-old who helped save lives during the Sandy Hook school shooting, is on the short list for a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to his brother, J.T. Lewis.
In the wake of the 2012 shooting, it was reported that Jessie yelled “run” when the shooter’s gun jammed – using his last moments to protect his classmates.
J.T. Lewis called his brother “an American hero.” He says Jessie’s story moved President Barack Obama when he visited Newtown, and President Donald Trump.
"You take the nine kids that he saved, and your think about their whole lives that they have in front of them...the families that they'll start – everything they do, you'll have to give Jessie credit for,” says J.T. Lewis.
He says getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom would help Jessie’s legacy live on forever.
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