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.
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