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.

Please enjoy these photos.

The National Liberty Museum is proud to announce the 2016 honorees

Their stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit in the coming weeks, and posted here to share with you. Please check back throughout the year.

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 – Philadelpha, 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

Watch news coverage on NBC10.

Big Ideas for Little Learners: Exploring friendship through storytelling

Join us with your family, on Saturday, June 9 at 11am, for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive their very own signed copy of the book, along with a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum personally designed by Staci. Learn more.

Sound + Vision Exhibition on Display April 6 - June 10

Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.

Learn about our exciting Closing Event for this exhibit.

Shown: Violin by Etai Rahmil. Photo by Steven Toney.

"Pay What You Wish" and Special Activities on Memorial Day

Honor, explore, and be inspired this Memorial Day. At the National Liberty Museum you’ll discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. There are special activities for adults and children throughout the day, including military trivia and a creative kids' workshop. All activities are included with your "Pay What You Wish" admission. Learn more.

Art Workshops for Kids in May and June

Join us on various weekend days in May and June when we will be offering art workshops for kids in conjunction with our Sound + Vision Exhibit. Workshops are free with Museum admission. Preregistration is required. Check our Event Calendar for details.

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In our next session, on Wednesday, June 6, our guest is Sheri E. Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College. Berman’s main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. Learn more and register day.

Young Heroes Award

This annual awards program, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes young people who have taken leadership roles in their schools or communities to bring about positive social change. Each year we look for young people who have engaged in civic activities, promoted respectful resolutions to conflict, advocated for diversity, and much more. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more and nominate a deserving young person today.

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. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more