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.

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

 

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.