2017 Awards of Valor Honorees

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.
We invite you to enjoy these photos of the event.  Click here to view the full album.
Photos by Shira Yudkoff

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

 

Now accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher as Hero Awards

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone today

A Book Chat on the 2018
featured book, Another Brooklyn

Through the lens of civic engagement, the program director of One Book, One Philadelphia will lead a book chat on Another Brooklyn, connecting the novel to America’s heritage of freedom and finding one’s own voice in our country’s story.
Learn more and register to join us.

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. Learn more

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.