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  • Gov. Pence presented family members of Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Jordan with a posthumous Sagamore of the Wabash award.
  • She was hit and killed by a bus while saving children.
  • The award is one of Indiana’s highest civilian honors.
  • The award was presented in a private ceremony.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana Governor Mike Pence honored former Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Jordan Monday with a posthumous Sagamore of the Wabash award, one of Indiana’s highest civilian honors.

Jordan was killed and two children injured after a school bus jumped a curb and hit them on January 26. Jordan pushed several students out of the way before she was hit.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said the crash was a tragic accident that didn’t warrant criminal charges.

Jordan’s daughters, Lisa Jankowski and Amy Dinwiddie, along with Jordan’s brother Bob Kelley, accepted the award in a private ceremony.

“This honor was not earned only by her heroic actions that January day, but for a lifetime dedicated to education and to students,” said Governor Pence. “Principal Susan Jordan loved her job, her school, and her students. On that fateful day, circumstances were set into motion and a hero was beckoned. Principal Susan Jordan answered the call, and she saved the lives of those students charged to her responsibility. There is no greater love than that.”

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