Sandy Hook teachers receive Presidential Citizens Medal - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Sandy Hook teachers, staff receive Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFSB) -

The families of the teachers, staff and principal killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December were honored posthumously and given 2012 Presidential Citizens Medals at the White House on Friday morning.

On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother at their home, then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 children and adults.

The awards, which were presented by President Barack Obama, were received by the surviving family members of Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who attended the ceremony, released a statement on the medals.

"These extraordinary educators, who sacrificed their lives to protect students in their care, gave a profound new dimension to the meaning of public service," he said in a statement Friday. "All of America has been awed by the story of their strength, bravery and caring reflected in this honor."

Blumenthal said there was "thunderous applause" at the ceremony for the Newtown teachers.

"We owe it to them to act on gun violence," he tweeted.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro also attended the event and Victoria Soto's brother Carlos Soto was her guest at the State of the Union this week.

"I am honored to have witnessed such a beautiful ceremony that celebrated the courage and commitment that the six women killed at Sandy Hook showed to their students that fateful day," she said in statement Friday. "And it was great to see the Sotos, and other Newtown families, who have shown such grace and bravery in speaking out during their time of immense pain. Though there are no words that can ease the families' suffering, I hope they can take some small comfort in the knowledge that they will always be remembered as heroes."

The Presidential Citizens Medal is presented to "citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens," according to the White House website.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    School victims honored at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:51:24 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:24:01 GMT
    (AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...(AP Photos/Invision, File). FILE - In a May 7, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande, left, attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibitio...
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".Full Story >
    After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet.".Full Story >
  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:22:02 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:23:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos). Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes the victory sign after a meeting with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 18, 2018. Maduro is se...
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once...Full Story >
    Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.Full Story >
  • 'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:11:39 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 1:22 AM EDT2018-05-21 05:22:47 GMT
    (Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...(Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File). FILE - This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Shioli Kutsuna, left, and Brianna Hildebrand in a scene from "Deadpool 2." Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million according to studio estima...

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    Full Story >

    Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly