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    Bush to give Medal of Valor to kin of 443 heroes of 9/11

    Bush to give Medal of Valor to kin of 443 heroes of 9/11

    BY BILL HUTCHINSON
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    In a White House ceremony tomorrow, President Bush will hand out the Medal of Valor to the families of 443 public safety officers who perished during the Sept. 11 attacks four years ago.

    The President is expecting about 1,200 loved ones of the fallen heroes to gather on the lawn of the White House and receive the federal government's highest honor.

    "I think it's a wonderful thing," said Sally Regenhard of Queens, whose son Christian, a probationary firefighter, died saving lives at the World Trade Center. "I'm very grateful and we're honored to have my son honored that way."

    The ceremony will honor members of nine public safety branches, including the New York Police and Fire departments and the Port Authority.

    "It's been a long struggle to get it accomplished, but it feels good," said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens), who spearheaded the Public Safety Officers Medal of Valor legislation. "We just persevered and we wouldn't take no for an answer."

    Crowley's cousin, FDNY Battalion Chief John Moran, was killed on 9/11 and will be among those honored.

    Shortly after the attacks, Crowley introduced legislation to award the Medal of Valor to the fallen public safety officers. The legislation was finally passed in December with strong bipartisan support.

    Last night, Moran's mother, Peggy Moran of Rockaway Beach, said her son's widow, Kim, his two children, sister and nephews will accept the award.

    "It won't bring him back, but his children and his nephews will remember," said Peggy Moran, who cannot attend the ceremony because of recent hip replacement surgery.

    The specially minted medal has a depiction of the twin towers and a keystone symbolizing those who died in the Pennsylvania countryside aboard a jet hijacked by terrorists.


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/stor...p-294042c.html

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    Heroes Medal of Valor 911

    This is the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Award presented Friday, Sept. 9, 2005 in ceremonies at the White House in Washington, in honor of the courage and commitment of emergency services personnel who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Department of Justice photo.

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    Heroes Medal of Valor 911 Ceremony 2005

    President Bush comforts a family member of New York City Firefighter Kevin M. Prior who died on 9/11 during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. Bush hosted the event for the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Award Ceremony. Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Bush praised the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 and reasserted his commitment to the war on terror. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    911 Heroes Medal of Valor Ceremony 2005

    Family and friend of those emergency personel who died on 9/11, listen as the names of those who died are read aloud during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005 at the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Award Ceremony. Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Bush praised the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 and reasserted his commitment to the war on terror. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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