Award given posthumously to Parkland victim from Brooklyn

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Borough President Eric Adams honored a fallen Parkland victim from Brooklyn with a Hero of the Month award during a ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday.

Peter Wang, 15, moved from Brooklyn to Parkland, Florida, over a year ago with his parents. During the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentine's Day, Wang held the door open for students to escape. He was killed in the attack.

Accepting the award on his behalf were the parents of fallen NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was also a victim of gun violence. Wang's parents were in Florida at the time of the ceremony.

Borough officials say that the Lius were at the ceremony to share their story and embrace those who are going through similar pain.

The Lius, in their native Cantonese, offered a few tearful words when accepting the award. Their translator said that they said they understand the pain Wang's family was going through and they're grateful to the NYPD and the borough president for allowing them to be a part of the ceremony.

Adams added that though Wang wasn't a Brooklyn resident during the time of his selfless act, his Brooklyn roots were what led him to be a hero.

The award is given to those who are brave, selfless and courageous. Four others also received awards at the ceremony.

City representatives told News 12 that they will be mailing the award and a transcript of the ceremony to Wang's family in Florida.

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