May 1, 2013 9:50 AM
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The Congressional Medal of Honor Society plans to honor the six educators killed in the December massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut with its highest civilian award.
The society says Rachel D'Avino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto exemplified courage, sacrifice and selflessness in trying to protect students from the gunman.
Harold A. Fritz, the president of the society, tells the New Haven Register the women's families will be presented with the Citizen Honors Medal during a ceremony on May 6 at Newtown High School.
The organization, which is made up of Medal of Honor recipients, also will present its Certificate of Commendation to all of the other teachers and staff of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.