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Wisconsin woman honored for Jayme Closs rescue

Jeanne Nutter, left, receives a certificate from the state of Wisconsin while standing alongside Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

MADISON, Wis. - Jeanne Nutter, the social worker who helped lead Jayme Closs to safety after the 13-year-old Barron girl was abducted and held captive in Gordon for 88 days, was honored for her outstanding service by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson during a ceremony at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 21.

She was nominated for the award by a former intern, who said Jayme couldn't have found a better person to help her, adding that Nutter has been a “role model for many social workers over the years.”

Nutter serves as an academic adviser for the University of Wisconsin’s School of Social Work. She has had a long and distinguished career in the field of social work.

Nutter was one of six child-welfare professionals to receive the 2019 Caring for Kids Award.

Amundson said: “Child welfare professionals are devoted to helping people overcome difficult situations and cope with the trauma they have experienced. They are the unsung heroes within our communities and I am proud to honor such amazing and compassionate individuals — many of whom dedicated their entire professional lives to the children and families of Wisconsin.”

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