Fund started to help Todd North's family

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Heather Marohn, of Newport, reads comments and remembrances Tuesday on a piece of plywood covering the front door of Flyers where bouncer Todd Asa North was shot early Sunday morning. North died later at the hospital.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

Zachary Leingang considers Todd North family.

"I’m a military brat," he said. "My parents are military, and it’s a family with all the active duty, retirees and spouses. It’s very tight-knit, especially in Havelock."

That’s why Leingang started an online petition to have North, a former Marine, recognized for bravery and for saving the lives of others during Sunday’s bar shooting at Flyers in Havelock.

"He stood up and took three bullets that could have hit other Marines or spouses or anyone else there," said Leingang, who works at Marine Corps Community Services at Cherry Point.

North was shot at the entrance to the bar and later died at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

Leingang said he hopes the petition will garner the attention of local and federal legislators and even President Barack Obama, with the goal of having North posthumously awarded for his bravery and heroism with the Presidential Citizens Medal, which Obama recently awarded to six educators killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had 1,935 signatures, including some from Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia. Leingang hoped to have 10,000 signatures by the end of the week.

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