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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The National Down Syndrome Society honored Patti Saylor Wednesday night for her tireless advocacy on behalf of people with Down Syndrome.

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Patti's son Ethan Saylor died in January 2013 after an altercation with police in a Frederick movie theater. Although the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, no one was ever charged in connection with Ethan's death. Since her son's death, Patti has been vocal in advocating for rights for the developmentally disabled.

WUSA9 reporter Debra Alfarone presented the award to Saylor.

She was selected because of WUSA9's exclusive coverage of the fight for justice for Ethan. Patti says she is humbled by the honor, "I am tireless in my advocacy for him, but I'm not doing this alone. There's a full machine of people behind me, with me and holding me up. It is bittersweet, I wouldn't call it a celebration."

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