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Newtown Educators Honored

Natalie Hammond, a teacher and survivor of the Sandy Hook School shootings, who was shot in the foot, leg and hand, is embraced by William Sherlach, the husband of school psychologist, Mary Sherlach after accepting a Citizen Honors Certificate of Commendation. Looking on are, from left; Hannah D'Avino, sister of behavioral therapist, Rachel D'Avino, Erica Lafferty, daughter of school principal Dawn Hochsprung, Kelly Murphy , daughter of paraeducator Anne Marie Murphy, Gilles Rousseau, father of substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau, and Jillian Soto, left, and Carlee Soto, sisters of slain teacher Victoria Soto. Medal of Honor recipients posthumously honored six teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School in a special ceremony at Newtown High School in Newtown, awarding them their Citizen Service Before Self Honors award. Family members accepted the award for Rachel D'Avino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, and Victoria Soto.
Richard Messina, Hartford Courant
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