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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We Can Be Heroes Exhibition –
Call to Artists

Philly Loves Bowie Week (January 3-12) is an annual volunteer production created by a family of committed fans of the superstar David Bowie who felt it was important to gather together as a community to celebrate a truly one-of-a-kind performer. The National Liberty Museum will be participating in these Bowie-themed events with an exhibition in our GlassAccess Gallery called, We Can Be Heroes.

Artists who use glass, clay, paint, pencil, video, and other materials are invited to submit their works which relate to the general theme of David Bowie. Learn more and apply to participate today.

Destined for the Stars
by Ricky Bernstein

Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs. will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from August 2 - December 2, 2019. In this limited-time show, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right. Don't miss the opportunity to see this colorful and imaginative display. Learn more.

Learn about the 2019 Awards of Valor Honorees

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. The 2019 Awards have been presented to this year's honorees, Please click here for the names of the winners.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

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.

The upcoming Read & Romps will be held on Monday morning October 21. Check our events calendar for complete details.