At a special ceremony honoring the six educators who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama awarded them the Presidential Citizens Medal Friday morning. The families joined other recipients in an emotional White House presentation of the mdeals.
“In this country we look out for one another. We’ve got each other’s backs,” the president said as the program began.
When the Newtown teachers “showed up for work at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 they expected a day like any other,” Obama said. “They had no idea that evil was about to strike.”
“They gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care,” he said. “They gave all they had.”
After the ceremony, Obama took a moment took specifically thank the families of the medal winners from Newtown.
“We are so blessed to be with you. Your courage and love for each other shines through,” he said.
Family members of Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Ann Marie Murphy, Laurie Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto all accepted the medal from President Obama.
Above, the family of Anne Marie Murphy receives the medal from Obama