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.
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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
Individual – Superintendent Chris Flanagan
Radnor Police Department, Radnor, 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
Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, and immersive soundscapes. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled “The Peace Portal.” It features a custom sound bath experience, Seeds of Love, written and produced by Philadelphia-based sound artist Luna Maye, in collaboration with composer Alfiya Glow.
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Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.
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