Mid-South man honored with top military award

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Friday, a Mid-South man was honored with a top military award after intervening in a shooting in 2018.

It was a ceremony filled with smiles, honor, and pride, a stark difference from the incident that led him to the ceremony Friday.

Nearly two years ago, FOX13 reported that Sgt. First Class Patrick Shields went to watch his son play football at Haywood High School in October 2018.

That night, he got a lot more than he bargained for; a then-16-year-old child fired open shots at the stadium, sending two to the hospital.

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Things may have been much worse but Shields intervened, potentially saving the lives of many.

Governor Bill Lee attended the ceremony and spoke. He said Shields’ bravery “represents the very best of Tennesseans.”

“The soldier’s medal award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a soldier in a non-combative environment,” Lee said.

Also in attendance were other state leaders, congressmen, and top army officials.

Sgt. Shields said he was honored.

“It’s a good honor. I never expected it. It all just came about and it feels good that your friends and family can honor you, I really appreciate it,” he said. 

At the end of the day, Shields had a message for others:

“Try to do the right thing at the right time. You never know who’s watching or what’s going on. Try to do the right thing at the right time. Life goes on, just be careful of everything you do,” he said.