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Newtown Dispatchers Honored

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A Newtown 911 dispatcher who helped handle the chaos after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings has been honored with a national award.

Robert Nute was honored in Newtown Wednesday as the national winner of the Smart Telecommunicator Awards. He was among 12 finalists chosen from hundreds of nominations.

Nute was humble in accepting the award, saying he just did his job like dispatchers in any other town would have done.

The award is given by software company Rave Mobile Safety, the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies and the Denise Amber Lee Foundation.

Also Wednesday, the Association of Public Safety Officials awarded the entire Newtown dispatch team a plaque honoring them as Dispatch Center of the Year.

Twenty students and six adults were killed in the December shootings.

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