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Civilian Victim of Fort Hood Shooter Receives Posthumous Honors

Mike Cahill was a physician's assistant and the only civilian killed during the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. Photo courtesy of the Cahill family.

The family of Michael Grant Cahill was set to receive a Secretary of the Army Award for Valor in his honor on Monday. Cahill was the only civilian killed in the Fort Hood shooting on Nov. 5, 2009 that claimed the lives of 13 people.

In a hearing last fall, witnesses reported that Cahill rushed at Army Maj. Nidal Hasan clutching a chair over his head before he was shot.  Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

While some police and military personnel at the scene received honors earlier, official recognition of Cahill's bravery took longer because of his status as a civilian reports the Associated Press.

Shortly after Cahill's death, KUT's Nathan Bernier produced this radio remembrance of Cahill.

Mose Buchele focuses on energy and environmental reporting at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mosebuchele.