RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The community came together on Wednesday for a special awards ceremony and candlelight vigil to celebrate local heroes, support survivors, and bring awareness to the rights of crime victims.
The Alliance for Victims' Rights hosted the event with the help of News 4's Shelby Sheehan. Individuals and groups were awarded for their commitment to helping crime victims.
District Attorney Dick Gammick and other law enforcement leaders were recognized for there efforts in creating a new Child Advocacy Center set to open in June. A few students from Sparks Middle School were given medals by Washoe County School Police Chief Mike Mieras for their bravery during the shooting that took the life of teacher Michael Landsbury.
After a candlelight vigil, two of them spoke about their teacher, who was gravely wounded.
"I was just thinking about Mr. Landsberry up there, and what a good teacher he was to me," added Julius Stankevicius. "So I was just thinking about him, and all the fun times we had."
"I was nervous, just being up there with officers, and shaking their hand," said Andrew Thompson. "I was happy to do that."
Sharon Landsberry accepted a medal on behalf of her husband.