NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – An organization composed of Medal of Honor recipients traveled to Newtown on Monday to honor the six educators killed in the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society said it chose behavioral therapist Rachel D’Avino, principal Dawn Hochsprung, teacher Anne Marie Murphy, teacher Lauren Rousseau, school psychologist Mary Sherlach and teacher Victoria Soto to receive its Citizen Honors Medal, the highest award it gives to a civilian, after receiving dozens of nominations for their actions during the shooting.
The women exemplified courage, sacrifice and selflessness in trying to protect students from gunman Adam Lanza, the society said in announcing the honor.
“They paid the ultimate price and, in doing so, these amazing and courageous individuals taught us, a grateful nation, the definition of bravery and selflessness,” combat veteran and past recipient of the honor Thomas Kelly said at the ceremony. “They immediately sprang to action in defense of those in their care and gave their last measure of devotion in protecting their students.”