Pensacola Shooting Heroes – Sailors Who Ran Toward Danger
Sailors killed in the Pensacola shooting are credited with running toward danger instead of away from it. Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were the three sailors killed in the shooting, according to the Navy.
“The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty and showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil. When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.” NAS commander Timothy Kinsella
Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23
“Heavily wounded, he made his way out to flag down first responders and gave an accurate description of the shooter. He died serving his country…His mission was to confront evil. To bring the fight to them, wherever it took him. He was willing to risk his life for his country. We never thought he would die in Florida.” Benjamin Watson, father of Kaleb Watson to the Pensacola News Journal
Kaleb was in the classroom where he was “officer of the deck” when the Saudi gunman opened fire. In spite of being shot five times, he managed to get outside and notify first responders, giving details of the shooter. His exacting details helped officials get to the shooter quickly and take him down.
Kaleb succumbed to his wounds.
He was a recent graduate of the US Naval Academy, and his father said he had wanted to be in the military to become a pilot since he was 5 years old. He reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training the week of Veteran’s Day.
“He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.” Adam Watson, Kaleb’s brother
Mohammed Haitham, 19
“Mo” was a St. Petersburg native, a track star, and joined the Navy right out of high school. After boot camp, he was assigned to NAS Pensacola for flight training. His mother, Evelyn Brady is a Navy veteran, according to Fox13.
Haitham is credited with attempting to stop the shooter before being shot himself.
“He died trying to stop the shooter. We knew this was the case before they told us. If you knew Mo this is no surprise.” Kimberly Walker, friend of the family
Cameron Walters, 21
Walters’ friends said he was a kind-hearted and wonderful person. There is very little information so far about Cameron Walters of Richmond Hill, Georgia, or about what he did at the scene of the crime on December 6. But the Navy views him as a hero for also running toward danger instead of away from it.
It takes a special kind of guts to run toward the sound of gunfire, particularly in an enclosed setting like a classroom building. With only split-seconds to decide whether to run or fight, these sailors chose the path of heroes. Fair winds and following seas, gentlemen.
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