Police commend woman who strangled hit man

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland police on Wednesday gave a woman who killed the hit man hired by her estranged husband an award for "sheer determination."
     
The man surprised Susan Kuhnhausen in her home in September 2006 and hit her in the head with a claw hammer.
     
But she wrestled him to the ground and choked him to death.
     
Michael Kuhnhausen, 58, pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to commit murder. He hired Edward Haffey, 59, whom he had employed as a janitor in an adult bookstore. Haffey had told friends he was going to get $50,000, according to court testimony.
     
The Portland Police Bureau held a ceremony Wednesday to honor 85 people and officers for heroism, lifesaving skills or distinguished service. Susan Kuhnhausen, 53, an emergency room nurse received a Civilian Medal of Heroism.
     
"Ms. Kuhnhausen has a peace-loving demeanor and has possessed a very calm and assured composure throughout this arduous event," the bureau said.
     
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