New York City Police Department

Press Release | NO. 2003-015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 015
Tuesday, March 4, 2003



New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly To Honor Department Members Assigned To The Traffic Control Division At 9/11 Medal Day Ceremony

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly will join family members in honoring members of the Traffic Control Division for their heroic acts of courage during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 4, at 11 a.m. The event will take place at the U.S.S. Intrepid Air and Space Museum in Manhattan.

Six Medals of Valor, the Department's third-highest award, will be presented to members of the Traffic Control Division who were first responders to the World Trade Center. Deputy Chief James Hegarty, who was temporarily blinded by debris when the first tower fell, still managed to help members of the Fire Department remove Chaplain Mychal Judge's body from the wreckage. Lieutenant Mark Stollerman and Lieutenant William Cosgrove helped save numerous civilians who were trapped in nearby buildings when the towers collapsed. Police Officers Jerry Loffredo, Charles Rubenstrunk, and Richard Vitale also put themselves in harm's way to escort countless civilians to safety after the buildings fell.

In addition, 14 officers will be awarded Honorable Mention Awards and six officers will be given Exceptional Merit Awards. Another six officers will receive Commendations.


WHAT: POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY TO HONOR NYPD MEMBERS AT 9/11 MEDAL DAY CEREMONY

WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 4, AT 11 A.M.

WHERE: U.S.S. INTREPID AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM IN MANHATTAN



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