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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Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees! You can learn their stories by clicking on their name or team name below.

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 – Philadelphia, 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

Watch news coverage on NBC10.

Celebrating Pride Month with a Retrospective Exhibition

For Pride Month 2017, the National Liberty Museum presented Transparency, the nation’s first museum exhibition of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists in the LGBTQ+ community. While the physical exhibition is currently being housed at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the NLM is partnering with this Museum from June 15-19 to host a week of virtual activities and social media posts to again draw attention to this thought-provoking exhibition.

We invite you to participate in these very interesting events. Learn more here.

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 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.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.