James Foley's Mother Accepts Posthumous Award from Rochester Rotary

Mar 8, 2016

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ROCHESTER, N.H. - A New Hampshire journalist who was executed more than a year and a half ago after being held hostage by the Islamic State in Syria has been posthumously recognized by a local rotary club.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports the Rochester Rotary gave the Paul Harris Fellow Award to James Foley. 

The award recognizes people who contribute or have contributions made in their name of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Foley's mother Diane accepted the award on Monday. She says James deserves the award because he loved the community and helping others.

Foley says her son's death continues to impact people touched by James and through the James W. Foley Foundation, a group dedicated to helping American hostages, their families, freelance journalists and disadvantaged children.