The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

Harry Hairston of NBC10 served as the emcee. The keynote speakers included Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney, Philadelphia Fire Deputy Commissioner Craig Murphy, and Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Joe Sullivan. Bill O’Flanagan, President/General Manager, Reedman Toll Auto World, presented the awards.

Photos of the event by Shira Yudkoff Photography,

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Congratulations to the 2019 Honorees! You can learn their stories by clicking on their name or team name below.

Meritorious Community Service Awards:
(alphabetically by department name)

Individual – Police Officer Shannon Sell
Bridgeport Borough Police Dept., Bridgeport, PA

Individual  – Police Officer Ryan Allen
Hatboro Police Department, Hatboro, PA

Individual – Police Officer Josephine Murray
Lower Merion Police Department, Ardmore, PA

Team – K9 Ken Franklin and
Police Officer Nick Ianelli,
National Park Service

Individual  – Lieutenant Joseph Gardener
Philadelphia Fire Department, Engine 71/Ladder 28

Team –Police Officers Tramaine Montague and
Brandon Smith
, Phila. Police Dept., 12th District

Team – Philadelphia Police Department, 16th District

Individual – Superintendent Chris Flanagan
Radnor Police Department, Radnor, PA

 

Awards of Valor:
(alphabetically by department name)

Individual – Lieutenant Frank Boyle
Cheltenham EMS, Cheltenham Twp., PA

Individual – Police Officer Daniel Gallagher

Landsdale Police Department, Landsdale, PA

Team   – Lower Merion Police Department, Ardmore, PA and Norristown Fire Department, Norristown, PA

Individual  – Firefighter Joseph Rippert
Philadelphia Fire Department, Engine 35/D

Team – Police Officers Alyssa Ceravolo and
Jessica Morales,
Phila. Police Dept., 6th District


Individual  – Police Officer Michael Hanly
Ridley Park Police Department, Ridley Park, PA

Team  – Upper Darby Police Department
Upper Darby, PA

 

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.