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Cleveland women held captive are honored for courage

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 01:03

Feb. 25 - Ohio Governor John Kasich presents courage awards to the three women kidnapped and held captive for a decade. Linda So reports.

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An emotional evening for three Cleveland women who survived the unthinkable. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH SAYING: "Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, three extraordinary women, who despite having the worse of the world thrown at them." Ohio Governor John Kasich honored the women for their courage during his State of the State speech Monday night. The three women survived years of captivity at the hands of Ariel Castro, who kidnapped them off the streets and held them in his Cleveland home for a decade. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH SAYING: "No one rescued them, they rescued themselves. First by staying strong and sticking together and then by literally breaking out into freedom." All three were rescued last May. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN SAYING: "I had to fight back tears." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARBARA ROSIER-TRYON, OHIO RESIDENT, SAYING: "I cried. It was wonderful that they had the courage after what they've been through to go up there and I think the crowd was really surprised." Castro pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges and was convicted. He committed suicide in jail in September.

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Cleveland women held captive are honored for courage

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 01:03