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Madison, Wisconsin - 15 May 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) State Rep. Romaine Quinn, (R) Wisconsin, with Jayme Closs, Closs' aunt standing behind him:
"On behalf of the state of Wisconsin, I am so proud to present our hometown hero award to Ms. Jayme Closs." (applause)
2. Various of Assembly members applauding Closs, who is being hugged by family
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Smith, Jayme Closs' Aunt: ++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED WITH IMAGE++
"Please know Jayme is enjoying her day here. More than you can imagine. She greatly appreciates the honor, the Capitol tour and the kindness of everyone involved. I'd like to first recognize the hometown part of this Hometown Hero Award. Our hometown, Barron, and the surrounding area needs to be recognized for their support, encouragement and their love. Thank you so much. Speaking for her entire family, I have to say that Jayme is totally deserving of the hero part of this award. Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better. Just like you, we want Jayme to know how much we love her. Thank you." (applause)
A 13-year-old who was held prisoner in a Wisconsin cabin for three months before escaping her abductor is being honored by state lawmakers as a "hometown hero."
Jayme Closs appeared with family members and friends to receive her honor in the Assembly chamber on Wednesday. It was the most public appearance to date for Jayme, who escaped her kidnapper in January.
Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award and said Jayme's bravery and spirit are inspiring. Jayme stood behind her aunt but did not speak.
The FBI also posted pictures on social media of Jayme in the Capitol posing with her award.
Jake Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents on Oct. 15. He faces life in prison when sentenced on May 24.
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