Bronze Medallion posthumously awarded to 9/11 health advocates

Sixteen people and three agencies who fought tirelessly for those sickened by exposure to the World Trade Center were honored today with NYC’s Bronze Medallion, the city’s highest civic honor. Four of the awards were posthumous, those for retired NYPD Detectives James Zadroga and Luis Alvarez, the one for retired FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, and the one for Deborah Reeve, retired FDNY EMT, reports Kathleen Culliton for New York City Patch.  Five honorees were politicians, reports Kathleen Culliton for the New York City Patch.

The honorees are

Those who were at the World Trade Center site during the recovery operation


  • James Zadroga (posthumous): Retired NYPD Detective
  • Luis Alvarez (posthumous): Retired NYPD Detective
  • Ray Pfiefer (posthumous): Retired FDNY Firefighter
  • Deborah Reeve (posthumous): Retired FDNY Emergency Medical Technician
  • Chief Paul Brown: New York City Department of Sanitation head of personnel management
  • Richard Palmer: Retired New York City Department of Correction warden and World Trade Center recovery worker
  • John Feal: Construction worker and advocate for 9/11 health


  • Ben Chevat: Executive Director of 9/11 Health Watch
  • Kimberly Flynn: Director of 9/11 Environmental Action and lower Manhattan residents’ advocate
  • Lila Nordstrom: 9/11 student advocate and founder of StuyHealth
  • Jon Stewart: Advocate for 9/11 health


  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: Accepting on behalf of the Port Authority Police Department – Edward Cetnar, Superintendent of the Port Authority Police Department
  • Accepting on behalf of the Port Authority civilian employees – Alan Reiss, Director, World Trade Center Construction, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Municipal Labor Committee: Association of Labor Unions representing public sector employees in New York City. Accepting on behalf of the Municipal Labor Committee – Henry Garrido, Co-Chair of the Municipal Labor Committee and Executive Director of District Council 37, AFSCME
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