The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 13th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Harry Hairston of NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speakers included Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson, and Lara Flynn, Representing U.S. Senator Bob Casey. 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.

 

Congratulations to the 2018 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 – Evesham Township Police Department, Marlton, NJ
Police Officer Jessica Lettieri

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – City of Coatesville Police Department, Coatesville, PA
Police Officer Jose Colon

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Paoli Volunteer Fire Company, Paoli, PA
Firefighter Thomas Robinson

Individual Meritorious Community Service Award – Philadelphia Police Department, Detective Bureau
Sergeant Maureen Carroll

Individual Award of Valor – Lower Merion Police Department, Ardmore, PA
Police Officer Matthew Freind

Individual Award of Valor – Evesham Township Police Department, Marlton, NJ
Detective Andrew Beuschel

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia Fire Department/Ladder Company 15, Platoon “D”
Lieutenant Alan Westfield

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia Police Department
Police Officer Christopher Binns

Individual Award of Valor – Philadelphia Police Department, 22nd District
Police Officer David Ewing

 

Team Honorees

Team Award of Valor – Philadelphia Police Department, 35th District
Police Officer Gilberto Gutierrez
Police Officer Clarence Irvine

Team Award of Valor – Philadelphia Police Department, 19th District

Police Officer William Murphy
Police Officer Jeremy Duff

Team Award of Valor – Upper Darby Police Department, 2nd Platoon, Upper Darby, PA
Sergeant Sean Kenny
Police Officer Anthony Bateman
Police Officer Joseph DiFrancesco
Police Officer William Sides
Firefighter Bob Fowler –
Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Co.
Firefighter Kyle Johnson –
Primos Secane Fire Company

 

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.