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Awards of Valor

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Awards of Valor

Honoring police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service.

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Entering its 16th year in 2021, 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 2021 winners below.

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 16th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual event on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
Keynote speaker was Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney. The awards were presented by Bill O’Flanagan, President/General Manager, Reedman Toll Auto World; Gwen Borowsky, CEO, National Liberty Museum; and Alaine Arnott, Chief Operating Officer, National Liberty Museum. The event was enjoyed via zoom by the honorees, their families and colleagues, and other invited guests.

Congratulations to the 2021 honorees. Click on their videos to learn their stories. Learn about the 2020 honorees here

FF. Anthony Molchany, FF. Robert Spitko, FF. Ryan O’Donnell 
Valor in Emergency Response – Team
Norristown Fire Department
Norristown, Pennsylvania

Shawn Hoey, Karl Bispels, Theodore Mlodzinski, Grant Rodriguez, Dennis Serbin
Valor in Emergency Response – Team
Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder 15 D-Platoon 

Police Officer Eric Curcio
Valor in Emergency Response – Individual
Lower Merion Police / Patrol Division
Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Peter Heiman
Meritorious Community Service – Individual
Embreeville State Police
Coatsville, Pennsylvania

Lower Merion Police Department
Cherry Hill Police Department
Valor in Emergency Response – Team
Lower Merion, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Philadelphia Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office
Valor in Emergency Response – Team
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Central Falls Police Department
Meritorious Community Service – Team
Central Falls, Rhode Island

Michael Smaltini
Meritorious Community Service – Individual
Second Alarmers Rescue Squad

Chief Joseph Kelley
Valor in Emergency Response – Individual
Yardley Borough Police Department
Greenwich, New Jersey

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.


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