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FDNY Medal Day 2006

James Gordon Bennett MedalTHE JAMES GORDON BENNETT MEDAL WINNERS

The James Gordon Bennett Medal was established in 1869 and, for years, it was the sole decoration awarded for valor in the Fire Department of the City of New York. As a result of its seniority among medals, it is awarded annually for the most outstanding act of heroism after the consideration and deliberate judgment of the members of the Medal Board of the NYC Fire Department.

1869

Lieutenant Minthorne D. Tompkins (L-l), Captain Benjamin A. Gicquel (E-9)

1870

Lieutenant Charles L. Kelly (E-9)

1871

Firefighter Ambrose L. Austin (E-15)

1872

Lieutenant Thomas Henry (L-6), Firefighter Thomas Hutchinson (L-1)

1873

Battalion Chief William H. Nash (Bn-7), Firefighter Alfred Conner (L-10), Lieutenant Henry Schuck (E-34)

1874

Captain William Mitchell (E-10)

1875

Lieutenant James Horn (E-11)

1876

Firefighter Joseph McGowan (E-6)

1877

Firefighter Thomas J. Dougherty (L-1)

1878

Captain Daniel J. Meagher (L-3)

1879

Firefighter Paul Bauer (L-4)

1880

Firefighter John Levins (L-2)

1881

Firefighter Michael Connerford (E-12)

1882

Firefighter John L. Rooney (L-10)

1883

Firefighter William B. Kirchner (E-11)

1884

Firefighter John Binns (E-32)

1885

Captain Peter H. Short (L-l)

1886

Firefighter Michael Brady (E-34)

1887

Lieutenant Samuel Banta (L-10)

1888

Lieutenant William Quirk (E-22)

1889

Firefighter William Reilly (L-12)

1890

Captain Thomas J. Ahern (E-5)

1891

Firefighter Patrick F. Lucas (E-30)

1892

Firefighter Patrick H. Aspell (L-4)

1893

Firefighter John Walker (L-6)

1894

Firefighter Denis Ryer (L-15)

1895

Firefighter William H. Behler (E-35)

1896

Firefighter Martin M. Coleman (L-3)

1897

Firefighter Patrick Desmond (L-14)

1898

Firefighter James Pearl (L-7)

1899

Firefighter John Hughes (1) (L-14)

1900

Firefighter William Clark (L-14)

1901

Firefighter Thomas J. McArthur (E-29)

1902

Firefighter Richard Nitsch (E-35)

1903

Firefighter Charles F. Douth (L-3)

1904

Firefighter James R. McAvoy (L-4)

1905

Firefighter Michael J. Stevens (L-4)

1906

Firefighter Cassimer C. Wodzicki (E-17)

1907

Firefighter Michael Nicklaus (L-4)

1908

Firefighter John T. Oakley (L-11)

1909

Battalion Chief George L. Ross (Bn-7)

1910

Firefighter John R. Harcke (L-12), Firefighter Frank C. Clarke (L-24)

1911

Firefighter Richard J. Condon (2) (E-12)

1912

Firefighter Robert J. Boyle (L-10)

1913

Engineer of Steamer Seneca Larke (E-20)

1914

Firefighter John F. Mooney (1) (L-4)

1915

Captain Thomas W. Smith (E-2)

1916

Firefighter James T. Daniels (L-26)

1917

Firefighter John Walsh (1) (L-1)

1918

Firefighter Patrick R. O’Connor (L-14)

1919

Lieutenant Francis Blessing (R-1)

1920

Firefighter Timothy F. O’Leary, Jr. (E-15)

1921

Firefighter Frank J. Costello (L-12)

1922

Firefighter Jacob F. Ferber (E-239)

1923

Captain Edwin A.A. Quinn (E-14)

1924

Hon. Medical Off. Harry M. Archer, MD

1925

Captain Thomas J. O’Toole (E-27)

1926

Firefighter William G.R. Mitchell (E-18)

1927

Firefighter Michael McInerney (L-12)

1928

Captain James A. Walsh (1) (E-234)

1929

Firefighter George W. Reilly (L-19)

1930

Firefighter Edward V. Conroy (L-l)

1931

Captain Albert B. Carlson (E-66)

1932

Firefighter Vincent J. Hyde (R-3)

1933

Captain Cornell M. Garety (R-l)

1934

Firefighter Rudolph F. Musil (L-12)

1935

Firefighter George J. Wolken (E-60)

1936

Firefighter Joseph E. Smith (2) (E-211)

1937

Firefighter James P. Nevin (E-201)

1938

Firefighter Charles G. Roscher (L-1)

1939

Firefighter Daniel J. Sullivan (L-3)

1940

Firefighter Charles A. Merz (L-168)

1941

Firefighter Thomas F. Brennan (L-111)

1942

Captain John W. Heaney (Hdq.)

1943

Firefighter John Colgan (L-2)

1944

Firefighter Harvey W. Crook (R-3)

1945

Captain George H. Winter (L-3)

1946

Firefighter Arthur L. Speyer (L-24)

1947

Firefighter Anthony J. Riccardi (L-26)

1948

Captain Patrick T. Green (R-1)

1949

Firefighter James S. Norton (L-163)

1950

Firefighter Wilbur J. O’Donnell (L-111)

1951

Firefighter Victor F. Rossi (L-120)

1952

Lieutenant John F. McGlynn (L-10)

1953

Firefighter Angelo Michelini (E-97)

1954

Deputy Chief John T. Oakley (2) (Hdq.)

1955

Firefighter Bernard F. Curran (E-92)

1956

Firefighter Michael J. O’Driscoll (L-28)

1957

Firefighter William Von Diezelski (L-4)

1958

Firefighter Nicholas Sharko (L-11)

1959

Captain Arthur J. O’Connor (SQ-4)

1960

Firefighter William V. Russo (E-254)

1961

Firefighter Joseph G. Peragine (L-14)

1962

Firefighter Joseph E. Almon (L-35)

1963

Firefighter Lawrence F. Duenas (E-59)

1964

Firefighter David Crowley (L-14)

1965

Firefighter James E. Bowler (R-2)

1966

Firefighter Robert E. Farrell (L-31)

1967

Firefighter Thomas D. Ferraiuolo (L-28)

1968

Firefighter Gene P. Dowling (L-25)

1969

Firefighter James N. Tempro (E-217)

1970

Firefighter Charles Varner (L-55)

1971

Lieutenant Richard R. Hamilton (R-2)

1972

Firefighter Steven C. DeRosa (L-102)

1973

Firefighter Raymond G. McCann (L-40)

1974

Firefighter Gilbert J. Murtha (L-108)

1975

Firefighter Thomas J. Neary (L-31)

1976

Firefighter Martin McGovern (L-114)

1977

Captain Frederick W. Gallagher (R-2)

1978

Firefighter James H. Battillo (L-152)

1979

Firefighter John J. Pritchard (R-2)

1980

Lieutenant Thomas J. Neary (L-28)

1981

Lieutenant Howard R. Kennedy (L-154)

1982

Firefighter Joseph H. Dirks (L-103)

1983

Firefighter Kenneth L. Connelly (L-111)

1984

Firefighter Robert Merkel (L-42)

1985

Firefighter James A. Sollami (E-62)

1986

Captain James F. McDonnell (L-42)

1987

Lieutenant William F. Maloney (L-34)

1988

Firefighter John J. McDonnell (L-28)

1989

Captain Richard Jacquin (L-59)

1990

Lieutenant Gerard M. Murtha (R-3)

1991

Firefighter William E. Jutt (L-22)

1992

Firefighter Michael M. Dugan (L-43)

1993

Firefighter Albert J. Gonzalez, Jr. (L-18)

1994

Lieutenant John M. Fox (SQ-1)

1995

Firefighter Gregory J. Smith, Jr. (L-108)

1996

Firefighter Gerard J. Triglia (L-132)

1997

Firefighter John K. Duddy (L-28)

1998

Firefighter Stan J. Sussina (R-1)

1999

Captain John J. Pritchard (E-255)

2000

Firefighter Stephen P. Fenley (L-78)

2001

Firefighter John F. South (L-44)

2003

Battalion Chief James Marketti (Bn-48)

2004

Firefighter James F. Mills (L-176)

2005

Firefighter Victor J. Rosa, Jr. (L-138)

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