Justice Department Recognizes Nine Citizens And Law Enforcement Officers For Rescuing Missing, Abused Children

May 10, 2013, 15:01 ET from Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department will recognize nine citizens and law enforcement officers from four states for heroic and exemplary efforts to protect children, during the annual National Missing Children's Day commemoration in Washington, D.C., 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.  The award recipients are from Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina and Washington state. 

President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25, 1983, the first National Missing Children's Day to remember Etan Patz, a six-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979.  Missing Children's Day honors his memory and the memories of children still missing.

WHO:            National Missing Children's Day award recipients
                     Heather Bish, whose sister Molly was abducted and murdered in 2000 
                     Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West
                     Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs 
                               Mary Lou Leary
                     Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Administrator 
                               Robert L. Listenbee

WHEN:          WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
                     2:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE:        The Great Hall, U.S. Department of Justice 
                     950 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
                     Washington, D.C.
                     OPEN PRESS

SOURCE Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs