‘A bright light in a time of sadness’: Jayme Closs honored at Capitol

13-year-old makes rare public appearance

The Wisconsin State Assembly honored Jayme Closs, a Barron native and kidnap survivor who escaped her captor in northern Wisconsin after 88 days, as a Hometown Hero Wednesday.

Speaker Robin Vos said during the Assembly session Wednesday that Jayme is one of several people to be honored.

Rep. Romaine Quinn called Jayme’s escape “miraculous” and said she represents hope.

“Jayme, your strength, your resolve and your bravery is beyond incredible,” Quinn said. “You are truly an inspiration and a bright light in a time of sadness.”

Jayme Closs is in the Wisconsin State Assembly about to honored as a Hometown Hero. #news3now pic.twitter.com/gNiBdBlL2i

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) May 15, 2019

Jayme, 13, appeared with family members and friends to receive her honor in the Assembly chamber.

It was a rare public appearance for Jayme, who escaped her kidnapper in January after being held captive in a remote northwestern Wisconsin cabin for three months.‘A bright light in a time of sadness’: Jayme Closs honored at Capitol

Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award and said Jayme’s bravery and spirit are inspiring. The teen stood behind her aunt but didn’t speak.

“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,” Jayme Closs’s aunt, Jen Smith, said.#news3now pic.twitter.com/reyFpjTTmg

— Tabatha (@TabathaWethal) May 15, 2019

“Speaking for her entire family, I have to say that Jayme is totally deserving of the hero part of this award,” Smith said. “Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better.”

Jake Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents on Oct. 15. He faces life in prison when sentenced May 24.

#FBI Milwaukee salutes Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs today, surrounded by family and friends after being honored as a Hometown Hero before the WI State Assembly. Jayme was abducted from Barron County for 88 days before escaping her captor and found help. #JaymeClossStrong pic.twitter.com/guoNDZrBcr

— FBI Milwaukee (@FBIMilwaukee) May 15, 2019

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