2016 Awards of Valor Honorees

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

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

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