Award Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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(CNN)- On that awful Sunday morning, they were just strangers, trying to stop an act of unspeakable evil. On Monday night, they reunited as heroes, hailed for the actions they took that helped end the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff hugged each other at a vigil held for the 26 killed and more than 20 wounded in the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.When Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire inside the church on Sunday, Stephen Willeford, who lives near the church, grabbed his own gun and ran out of the house barefoot to confront the gunman. Willeford exchanged gunfire with Kelley as started his escape in his Ford Explorer. He spotted Johnnie Langendorff's truck across the street and hailed him down.The men pursued the gunman for 11 miles, in a chase that reached speeds of 95 mph.
Kelley eventually lost control of his truck and crashed it in a ditch. Police found him dead, with gunshot wounds, one of them self-inflicted.
Because of these two men's bravery, many lives were saved that day. Join me, is asking President Trump to award these two heroes with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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