PFC Brendan Bialy, Helped Tackle a School Shooter, Now a Marine

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We previously wrote that Brendan Bialy was one of the students who helped tackle one of the shooters at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in May of this year. He is now a United States Marine, and was promoted to Private First Class.

Brendan Bialy and two friends ran toward the sound of shooting instead of away from it. His friend Kendrick Castillo was killed. Another friend, Joshua Jones, sustained two gunshot wounds to his legs. His only injuries were a few scrapes. He views Castillo as a “legend.”

Stripes reported,

Last month, he crossed the parade deck at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego as his training platoon’s guide. During training, he earned a meritorious promotion to private first class, a program for the ceremony says.

“My thoughts on becoming a Marine were nothing but reinforced after the shooting,” he said in a video statement. “What I saw that day was complete and total malevolence, bad overcome by good.”…

…During training, Bialy showed qualities the Corps seeks to instill — “quick reaction, willingness to fight” — and which he’d also displayed during the shooting, said Staff Sgt. Marcus Chestnut, one of his drill instructors in Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion.

“I don’t think recruit training changed Bialy,” Chestnut said. “He is who he was when he first got here. I think we just gave him some additional attributes that made him a stronger man and a basically trained Marine.”

After his training in combat, Bialy will train to “repair laser and night vision optics for ground ordnance, small missile systems and other fire control equipment.”

Stay safe, Brendan. Semper Fi.


The two shooters were taken into custody. A judge ruled that police have enough probable cause to charge the 18 year old with at least 40 charges. The 16 year old is due in court in October.

Featured photo: Pfc. Brendan M. Bialy, the 18-year-old guide of Platoon 2147, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, along with his Platoon during graduation on Sept 20, 2019


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