NYC Mayor Presents Bronze Medallions To 9/11 Advocates, Survivors

John Feal and Carolyn Maloney
Photo credit Peter Haskell/WCBS 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio presented the Bronze Medallion, the city's highest civic honor, to the individuals and groups that were instrumental in getting the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act passed in Congress this summer.  

"You should not have had to fight this fight, but thank God you did," de Blasio said as he honored 16 people, including elected officials and advocates, and two groups during a ceremony at the Beacon Theatre on Monday.

The honorees were first responders, construction workers, students and politicians on 9/11. Then they lobbied tirelessly to protect those exposed to the toxic conditions.

James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, Luis Alvarez and Deborah Reeve were posthumously awarded Bronze Medallions. All four were first responders who died from 9/11-related illnesses.

 Alvarez, a retired NYPD detective, died just weeks after testifying before Congress.

"As proud as we are of him for all he did, I'm proud of all that recieved this award today," said his brother, Phil, who accepted the award. 

"I think it's crazy that he's finally getting the justice that he deserved cause he is a hero and he should be known as a hero," said Zadroga's 18-year-old daughter, who was 4 years old when her father died. 

Other honorees included comedian and advocate Jon Stewart,  9/11 children’s advocate and StuyHealth founder Lila Nordstrom, and FealGood Foundation founder John Feal.