Saturday, August 5, 2017

Portraits in Courage Air Force LT. Col. Bill Schroeder

Courage when it counts
Northwest
Florida Daily News
Annie Blanks
Updated Aug 4, 2017

Abby Schroeder wants people to know her husband was courageous up until his last breath.
Abby Schroeder and her sons, Mason, center and Noah, right, lean over Lt. Col. Bill Schroeder's casket at his funeral last June. Schroeder as killed in a workplace violence indident at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on April 8 2016. (Abby Schroeder/special to the Daily News)

Lt. Col. Bill Schroeder, an airman who spent time at Hurlburt Field, was killed last April in his office at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland when a disgruntled tech sergeant opened fire and shot him before turning the gun on himself.

Investigators believe Bill’s actions that day saved countless lives. And this weekend, he is being posthumously honored at the 10th annual Portraits in Courage program in Washington, D.C., which honors service members for their heroics. His wife, Abby, is attending the program this weekend to accept the distinguished award on his behalf.

“It’s a way to honor all of these Air Force personnel for their actions that go above and beyond,” Abby said over the phone from Washington, D.C. Friday. 

“They put themselves in danger in acts of courage both in combat and within their communities.”
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