Thursday, March 24, 2005

$70K for former Atlanta hostage

Ashley Smith received rewards today of $70,000 from a variety of law enforcement and community groups.

You may remember that Ms. Smith is the "26-year-old widowed mother of one who was held hostage for seven hours by Nichols at her suburban Atlanta home March 12 before he let her go. She then made the 911 call that led to his arrest."

The Associated Press reported:
"My life is testimony that God can use us even in the midst of tragedy and miracles do happen," she said.

She was lauded at a ceremony during which she received a fistful of reward checks from Gov. Sonny Perdue and law enforcement agencies.

Thomas Smith, head of the state sheriffs association, saluted her for "your courage, your strength and your perseverance."

The woman has said she spoke with Nichols for hours about her daughter, her husband's stabbing deaths years ago and her faith in God. She said she told Nichols that he might be destined to be caught so he could spread the word of God to fellow prisoners.
I'd have to say she's had something of an interesting and harrowing couple of weeks.

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