Two Women with Local Ties Killed in Connecticut Shooting

By Jillian Marshall

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM EDT

Newtown, CT (WBNG Binghamton) Two Sandy Hook Elementary employees who died protecting their students, have ties to our area.

One a Vestal alumnus, the other a Towanda, Pennsylvania native.

Mary Sherlach, 56, graduated from Vestal High School in 1974, and then went to SUNY Cortland. Sherlach graduated from Cortland in 1978 and was a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

And from Towanda, Pennsylvania, Dawn Hochsprung, known locally as Dawn Lafferty, was the Principal at Sandy Hook. Reports from Friday claimed that Hochsprung warned others about the shooting and ran toward the bullets, trying to overtake the shooter and giving her life in the process.

Click here for WNEP's report on HochsprungA>

President Obama mentioned both women and the other four employees killed on Friday in his speech on the tragedy Friday night.

Obama said, "you know that when danger arrived in the halls of Sandy Hook elementary, the school staff did not flinch, they did not hesitate. Dawn Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, Vicki Soto, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davin, and Anne Marie Murphy-- they responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances."

Sherlach and Hochsprung were killed along with 20 students in what's now known as the second deadliest school shooting in our nation's history.