MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The Wisconsin Assembly honored Jayme Closs with a Hometown Hero award on Wednesday.
Jayme was at there to receive the award in person. Her aunt, Jennifer Smith, gave a statement in front of the Assembly.
"I’d like to first recognize the hometown part of this Hometown Hero award. Our hometown, Barron, and the surrounding area needs to be recognized for their support, encouragement and love. Thank you so much," Smith said.
Smith said, speaking for her entire family, Jayme is totally deserving of the award.
" Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better. Just like you we want Jayme to know how much we love her. Thank you," Smith said.
Closs was nominated by State Representative Romaine Quinn (R - Barron).
"Jayme, your strength, your resolve and your bravery is beyond incredible. You are truly an inspiration and a bright light during a time of sadness. You taught us an important lesson. No matter how grave your situation, no matter how dark your days become and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem, there is always hope," Rep. Quinn said.
Jayme was abducted from her home in Barron in October of 2018. She escaped from her captor 88 days later from a remote cabin in Douglas County.
The man who kidnapped Jayme will be sentenced on May 24. Jake Patterson pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents in early Oct.