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John Larimer, 27

Naval Petty Officer Third Class John Larimer grew up in the Chicago suburbs as the youngest of five siblings. He was working as a cryptologic technician at Buckley Air Force Base, where he demonstrated the irrepressible sense of humor he'd been known for since he was a kid. He died protecting girlfriend Julia Vojtsek from the gunfire. "John knowingly shielded me from a spray of gunshots," she said in a statement. "It was then I believe John was hit with a bullet that would have very possibly struck me. I feel very strongly I was saved by John and his ultimate kindness."