FORT HOOD (CBSDFW.COM) – The President joined military leaders for a memorial service at Fort Hood Wednesday after Army Specialist and Iraq War veteran Ivan Lopez took the lives of three others and wounded 16.

He described the fallen as heroes whose deaths saved lives. Their names were met with silence during the symbolic roll call of their names.

“It was love for the Army that made them the soldiers they were,” said President Obama.


Obama told the stories of soldiers such as Sgt. Daniel Ferguson, 39, from Florida who had just returned home last year.

He died protecting others from Ivan Lopez’s shooting rampage.

“When the gunman tried to push his way in to that room, Danny held the door shut, saving the lives of others while sacrificing his own,” said Obama.

Stories of bravery and sacrifice took their emotional toll on the victim’s families who were among the crowd of three thousand attending this memorial service.

Another victim, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens was a decorated combat veteran.

“Timothy gave his life walking towards the gunman trying to calm him down,” said Obama.

Staff Sergeant Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez enlisted at 18 and were only weeks away from retirement.

“Carlos was known for being a meticulous soldier leading from the front,” according to Chief of Staff of the Army, Raymond Odierno.

Each soldier’s Army gear was placed behind a photo while the military offered a gun salute in their honor.

Fort Hood along with the entire nation paused Wednesday to remember the victims.

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