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Smart spokesman honored in N.Y.

The man who acted as spokesman for Elizabeth Smart's family for the majority of her nine-month abduction was named one of the nation's Top Crisis Communicators.

The award was given to Chris Thomas at a gala last week in New York City. The award was given by the publisher of PR News magazine.

Thomas, who is co-founder of the Salt Lake City-based Intrepid Group, fielded more than 10,000 phone calls and did countless interviews during the time Elizabeth was missing and immediately after she was found.

But Thomas doesn't want to take all the credit.

"The award represents much more than me," he said. "It was a team effort. There were a number of people who helped me. The award had my name on it but it really represents a number of people."

Thomas also gives credit to the Smart family, whom he called "incredibly courageous."

Next month, Thomas is scheduled to address the International Conference of the Public Relations Society of America in New Orleans.