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Awards of Valor

presented by Chevy

Awards of Valor

Honoring police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Nominations have closed. Check back soon for winner stories.

Entering its 18th year, NLM’s annual Awards of Valor program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors active duty police officers, police detectives, K-9 units, firefighters & fire police, EMS & EMT, other emergency responders, and law enforcement personnel from the Greater Philadelphia Region for remarkable acts of heroism and for serving as role models in their communities. Their stories are gripping and inspirational, and they represent the very best of what Chevrolet and the Museum consider  “Everyday Heroes.”

The following are criteria/achievements that can qualify a nominee for this award:

  • Valor in Emergency Response – Individual
  • Valor in Emergency Response – Team
  • Meritorious Community Service – Individual
  • Meritorious Community Service – Team

Learn about the 2023 winners below.

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 18th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers event on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Congratulations to the 2023 honorees.

Paramedic Matthew Patterson
Valor in Emergency Response – Individual
New Castle County Emergency Medical Services
New Castle County, DE

Officer Robert Hoppe
Meritorious Community Service Individual
35th Police District
Philadelphia, PA

Officer Melissa Robison
Meritorious Community Service – Individual
Middletown Township Police
Langhorne, PA

Firefighters Joshua Schreiber and Brian Barrett
Valor in Emergency Response – Individual
City of Coatesville’s Bureau of Fire
Coatesville, PA

Sgt. Nicholas Lewis and Officers Harry Parfitt, David Vogler, and Michael Braun

Valor in Emergency Response – Team
Philadelphia Police Department
Philadelphia, PA

Coatesville Police Department
Valor in Emergency Response – Team 
Coatesville, PA

Officers Michael Zolnowski, Eric Curcio, Vincenzo Tucciarone, Sebastian Addalli, Daren Brown, Joseph Lalor, Alexander McChord and Christopher Sheffer
Valor in Emergency Response – Team
Lower Merion Police Department
Ardmore, PA

Firefighter Joseph Pedrick, Lt. Kevin Donahue, Firefighter Michael Shimp, Firefighter Kirk Bucholski, Firefighter Ryan Wherrity, Capt. Sean Sullivan, Firefighter John Faulls, Firefighter Pasquale Stenardo, Firefighter Ricardo Lopez, Firefighter Daniel Monaghan, F Irvin Rivera, Firefighter Thomas Chiaccio, Firefighter Austin Sampson, Lt. Thomas Judge, Firefighter Daniel Tietz, Firefighter Sean McIlhenney, Firefighter Jorge Ventus, and Fire Service Paramedic Eli Trachtenberg
Valor in Emergency Response Team
Philadelphia Fire Department
Philadelphia, PA

About the Sponsor

The Philadelphia Area Chevy Dealers Group includes dealers located in the Philadelphia area, Delaware and South New Jersey and are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Awards of Valor program.  Their involvement with the Awards of Valor program is just another example of this Chevrolet Dealers Group’s commitment to their communities. This commitment is evident in their many other community activities which underscore the belief that in all lives there are everyday heroes.  These heroes can be found in the Youth Baseball and Youth Soccer Leagues which the Chevrolet Dealers Group sponsors. This program partners a Chevrolet dealer with a local Youth Sports league. They are also supporters of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual walks.


Thu ‒ Mon: 10am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $12 Seniors (65+): $10 Students (with valid ID): $8 Youth (ages 6–17): $6 Children (under 5): No Charge Museum Members: Free

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