Transcript for Obama Honors Newtown Victims With Citizens Medal
And then when Don -- from -- sure let. -- Soto. Laura Russo. -- of you know. And Marie Murphy. When they showed up for work and sandy hook elementary on December 14. Last year they expected today like any other. Doing what's right for their kids. Spent a chilly morning readying classrooms and welcoming youngsters they have no idea that the evil was about to strike. And what it did they could've taken shelter by themselves they could have focused on their own safety. On their own well being but they did. They gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care. -- gave all they had for the most innocent and helpless among us. That's what we honor today. The greatest heart. The selfless spirit. Inspiring actions. Of extraordinary Americans. The presidential citizens medal is awarded to. Rachel the -- you know Don -- from. And Marie Murphy. Lauren Russo. Mary -- And Victoria Soto. For dedicating themselves to their students and to the community -- Newtown Connecticut. Some had been -- sandy hook elementary school for only weeks others were preparing to retire after decades of service. All work long pass a school bell to give the children in their care a future worth. Their talents. On December 14 2012. Unthinkable tragedy swept through new town -- the names of the six courageous women into the heart of our nation forever. The United States honors racial -- -- -- -- And Marie Murphy. Lauren Russo. -- -- -- And Victoria Soto for their extraordinary commitment to the students at sandy hook elementary school. Accepting on behalf of Rachel the -- Her mother married to -- you know and sister Sarah to -- Accepting on behalf of -- thoughts from her daughter. Erica Lafferty and mother Cheryl Lafferty. Accepting on behalf of and Marie Murphy. Her husband Michael Murphy and daughters Paige and Colleen Murphy. Stepping on behalf of Lauren Russo her parents Terry and job. -- Accepting on behalf of Mary Sherlock. Her husband -- -- Sherlock and daughters Katie Sherlock and -- Schwartz. -- on behalf of Victoria Soto. Her parents Donna and Carlos --
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