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Mom Who Shielded Daughter During Tornado Honored At 9/11 Ceremony

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The American flag at a ceremony remembering the events of 9-11-01at the Statehouse in Boston. (Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe)

The American flag at a ceremony remembering the events of 9-11-01at the Statehouse in Boston. (Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe)

BOSTON (AP) — A West Springfield woman has been posthumously honored on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for shielding her daughter as their family’s house collapsed in the tornado of June 1.

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray honored Angelica Guerrero Sunday with the ninth annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery at a ceremony at the State House.

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Guerrero died after protecting her 15-year-old daughter in a bathtub. Murray presented the award to Angelica’s husband, two daughters and other family members.

The award is named for a flight attendant from Acton aboard the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and who conveyed information about the plane’s hijackers to ground services. The plane was one of two that left Logan Airport and was flown into the World Trade Center in New York.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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