The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 12th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Keith Jones of NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speakers were Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, and Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson. Bill O’Flanagan, President/General Manager, Reedman Toll Auto World presented the awards.
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Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees! You can learn their stories by clicking on their name or team name below. Their plaques are also featured in a Museum exhibit, which will be on display for an entire year.

 

Individual Honorees:

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Wilmington Police Department
Senior Corporal Andrew Conine

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Philadelphia Police Department
Officer Jonathan Castro

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Philadelphia Police Department
Officer Sharone Johnson

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia Fire Department, Ladder Company 12, Platoon B
Firefighter Dana Mueller

Individual Award of Valor – Middletown Police Department, Bucks County, PA
Police Officer Megan Freer

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia Police Department, Center City District
Police Officer Steven Garcia

Individual Award of Valor – Lower Merion Township Police, Ardmore, PA
Police Officer Stephen Patton

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia Fire Department, Squad 72
Firefighter Oliver McDonagh

Team Honorees:

Team Award of Valor –
Philadelphia Police Department K-9 Unit

Police Officer Richard Treston
Police Officer Alvin Outlaw
K-9s Hank and Storm

Team Award of Valor –
Philadelphia Police Department

Officer Maurice Alfano
Officer Thomas Dempsey

 

Team Honorees continued:

Team Meritorious Community Service Award – Philadelphia Police Department,
Administrative Staff, 35th Police District

Lt. Denise Duccilli
Sgt. Walt Medycki
Police Officer Jacqueline Killen
Police Officer Jennifer Bryan
Police Officer Miriam Lloyd
Police Officer Blanca Rodriquez
Police Officer Joseph Welch
Police Luz Centeno
Police Officer Robert Hoppe
Police Officer Linda Hetherington
Police Officer Antonio Bennett

Team Award of Valor –
Philadelphia Police Department’s
South Division Narcotics Team

Sergeant Jason Sommerville
Officer Matthew Czarnecki
Officer Raymond Sima

Team Award of Valor – Ocean County, NJ
Lacey Township Police Department and
Forked River Fire Department:

Police Officer Anthony Sarno
Police Officer Christopher Meyler
Firefighter Edward Barker, Jr.
Firefighter Robert Anderson

Team Award of Valor –
Philadelphia Police Department
Sergeant John Massi
Sergeant Benita Johnson
Police Officer Jose Dones
Police Officer John Hopkins
Police Officer Steve Hartzell
Police Officer Bernard Turner
Police Officer Glenn Haskins
Police Officer Ida Allen
Police Officer Joanne Gain

 

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service.

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SPACELAB EXHIBIT

SPACELAB is a one-of-a-kind showcase of glass art that explores the great unknown – outer space. This collection of artwork examines human relationships with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; the vastness and mystery of space; and much more. Learn more.

Interstellar Stitch Workshop with Escape Threads

In conjunction with NLM's SPACELAB Exhibit, on Thursday evening, August 23, Philadelphia-based artist Danielle Conyers of Escape Threads will lead an embroidery workshop to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn pulsar map on a wood hoop canvas. No previous stitching knowledge is necessary. Learn more and register today.

FPRI to host a conversation about Russia

The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a think tank that brings the insights of scholarship to America’s foreign policies, kicks off its 2018 fall/winter series of events at the NLM on Thursday, September 6 with a conversation on the Putin regime and political murder in Russia. Learn more and register today.