“We are welcoming home a hero,” Carpenter said. “And we are wrapping him and his family in community support and love.”
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Family and friends will honor Walters at a 1 p.m. service at Compassion Christian Church in Savannah on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking supporters to send donations in Walters’ memory to the Bryan County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1071, Pembroke, Ga. 31321, with the memo: “Cameron Walters Memorial.”
"Cameron never met a stranger," says his obituary. "He was always smiling and lit up any room he walked into."
On Thursday, Vice Admiral Mary Jackson, the commander of Navy Installations Command, visited Naval Air Station Pensacola, praising those who responded to the shooting. Navy police officers and masters at arms first responded and were soon joined by deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, according to the Navy.
“From the bottom of my heart, I’m so proud of each and every one of you,” Jackson told the Navy Security Force personnel there. “I can’t put myself in your shoes, and I cannot imagine what you have been through, but I do know for sure: You responded in such a miraculous manner, you saved people’s lives.”