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Jayme Closs honored as 'Hometown Hero' by Wisconsin Assembly

May 15, 2019 10:11 PM

Jayme Closs is being honored by the Wisconsin Assembly as a "Hometown Hero," according to KOWW, an ABC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.

Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award and said Closs's bravery and spirit are inspiring. Closs stood behind her aunt but did not speak.

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The Hometown Hero program is meant to pay tributes to individuals "who have an unconditional desire to lend a hand to those around them." 

KSTP's Jayme Closs coverage

Jayme was kidnapped from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15 after both of her parents were killed. She escaped 88 days later.

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and homicide in connection to the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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