The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 11th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Harry Hairston of NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speakers were Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Myron Patterson and Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. Museum CEO Gwen Borowsky provided an introduction to the Museum. Bill O’Flanagan, President/General Manager, Reedman Toll Auto World, presented the awards.

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The National Liberty Museum is proud to announce the 2016 honorees

Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees! You can learn their stories by clicking on their name or team name below.

Police Honorees:

Individual Award of Valor – Rahway, NJ
Police Officer Luis Ataca

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Philadelphia, PA
Police Captain Jacqueline Bailey-Davis

Individual Award of Valor – Riverdale, NJ
Sgt. Greg Bogert

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia, PA
Police Officer Jon Constantino

Team Award of Valor – Mahwah, NJ
Lt. Jeffrey Dino
Sgt. Brendan Mullin
Police Officer Thomas Solimano

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Monroe Township, NJ
Detective Derrick Jacobus

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Cumberland County, NJ
Police Officer Craig Johnson & K-9 Boomer

Individual Award of Valor – Upper Darby, PA
Police Officer Joseph Mazzone

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia, PA
Police Officer Damien Stevenson

Team Award of Valor – Philadelphia, PA
Sgt. Walt Medycki
Sgt. Thomas Morrow
Police Officer Brett Werner
Police Officer Jacob Rodgers
Police Officer Christopher Kearns
Police Officer John DeSanto

Police Honorees continued:

Team Meritorious Community Service Award – NJ
Department Representatives from:
City of Burlington Police Dept.
Burlington Township Police Dept.

Edgewater Park Township Police Dept.
Florence Township Police Dept.
Westampton Township Police Dept.
Willingboro Township Police Dept.
Burlington County Sheriff’s Dept.
Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, NJ Division

Firefighter & Police Honorees:

Team Meritorious Community Service Award – PA
Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company:
Chief Brian Focht

Captain John Fugelo
Lt. Thomas Winterberg
Board Member Richard Drennan

Upper Moreland Township Police Department:
Lt. Timothy Troxel

Detective Frank Gallagher

Firefighter Honorees:

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Bristol, PA
Chief Herbert Slack

Team Award of Valor – Philadelphia, PA
Firefighter Steven Alicea
Lt. Brian MacIntyre
Firefighter Michael Morales
Firefighter Suzanne Swedlige
Team Award of Valor – Philadelphia, PA
Firefighter Brian Bohanan
Firefighter Michael Flacco
Lt. James Hogan
Firefighter Ian Norris
Firefighter Carlos Velez

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Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2019 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here. The nomination deadline is July 14.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Valor are NOW OPEN

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards. If you know a person deserving of this special recognition, please tell us about them. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 31,

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Welcome the Stranger Exhibit

Welcome the Stranger, a one-woman exhibit of cast glass, ceramics, and mixed media by artist Micaela Amateau Amato, will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from March 9 - June 9, 2019. This collection of works is Amato's interpretation of modern and historic figures who rose like “superheroes” to accept seemingly impossible challenges of liberty. Shown here are cast glass sculptures of Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Learn more about this exhibit by clicking here.

Liberty Forum: Firearms

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm for the first in this new series that brings attendees from all points of view together. We will discuss the issue of firearms with our Moderator Intersect Alliance, along with invited experts and other participants. Our goal is to provide attendees with the tools needed for moving our conversations on hot button issues, like this, offline and back into human discussions.

Learn more and reserve your place today by clicking here.

Read and Romp

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read & Romps are held twice a week, on Monday and Saturday mornings. Learn about the “story of the week” and choose the day that works best for you! Snacks and Museum admission are included.

Check our events calendar for upcoming Read & Romps.

Lila Liberty's Hero Quest

Join Lila Liberty on her quest to spread acceptance and kindness by helping her collect her "Super Hero Gadgets" throughout the Museum. This self-guided experience will encourage your child to understand how qualities like empathy, integrity, responsibility, and courage define what it means to be a Hero.

Lila Liberty’s Hero Quest is available between 12-5:00pm every Saturday and Sunday. It is included in the cost of admission. Learn more.