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

 

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