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.
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Photos by Shira Yudkoff

Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees! You can learn their stories by clicking on their name or team name below.

 

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

 

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.