Nevada Air National Guardsmen remember Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 10/22/2013 6:06 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- We're learning more about the victim and hero of the tragic Sparks Middle School shooting.

Michael Landsberry made a big impression on his students, and he also left his mark on the Nevada Air National Guard during 12 years of service.

Tuesday Master Sergeant Landsberry's fellow airmen took a few moments to share memories of him.

They said even before they heard what happened, they knew he'd have been right in the middle of it all trying to help.

"For me he was always my go to guy," said Senior Master Sgt. Rob Garrett. "If I needed something done, he was it, and that needed to be done and he was there."

Dedicated. That's how Senior Master Sgt. Garrett describes his fellow airman and friend.

"He was the guy that would've jumped in there to stop the bullets from hitting the kids," Senior Master Sgt. Garrett said. "As we hear the stories, sure enough it was."
 
He wasn't surprised to hear what his friend did - sacrificing his own life to save others. 

"I know all that was going through his head was to protect these kids," Senior Master Sgt. Garrett said. "That was Mike."

Chief Master Sergeant James Ross said Landsberry did exactly what he'd expect of "a man of his caliber."

"His previous training, although it did not include facing an armed intruder one-on-one, instincts kicked in and he wanted to protect those kids," he said.

It's consistent with how he performed as an air guardsman.

"He always wanted to help," Chief Master Sgt. Ross said. "Whatever it was, he wanted to be there to help."

Landsberry was a guy they said everyone wanted to be friends with, and the Nevada guard will miss him. 

"He still had a lot of Marine in him, so every time he'd walk by I'd give him a little hoo-rah," Senior Master Sgt. Garrett said. 

"He was a Batman guy, had the Bat Phone, all that kind of stuff," Chief Master Sgt. Ross said. "He was fun."

While they'll remember those moments banked over years of knowing Landsberry, Senior Master Sgt. Garrett hopes his last moments will be remembered too.

"I hope that everybody remembers that he was there to protect those kids," he said. "That's what he did. I can't say that enough."

The Nevada Air National Guard is working to schedule a memorial for Master Sgt. Landsberry, but they need to make sure their event doesn't conflict with any family or school services.

News 4 will let you know once a date is set.
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