Detroit Creates Valor Medal
The first medal for valor created by the Detroit Fire Department is inscribed in memory of Fire Commissioner C. Hayward Murphy and was pinned on Fm. Joseph J. Rosol of Ladder 13 by Comr. Murphy’s widow at the Detroit Firemen’s Fund games in the Briggs Stadium on August 17, in the presence of 50,000 Detroiters. The formal presentation of the medal was made by Fire Comr. James Mahon who succeeded Mr. Murphy on the Board when Mr. Murphy retired, due to failing health, in 1940.
The annual benefit for the smoke eaters was interrupted for a brief ceremony at home plate and attended by Chief Ninnian C. Higby; Bn. Chief Meade and members of the Murphy family. On March 13 last at 3.44 A.M. Fm. Rosol rescued a helpless 82-yearold woman whom he found unconscious between two beds in a second floor flat which was badly afire and heavily charged with smoke. He called for assistance and got it from Fm. Ricketts and Fm. Hojnacki, both of E. 33. The trio carried the woman to safety. She survived. Rickets and Hojnacki were awarded Certificates of Honorable Mention. All awards were made on recommendation of a committee of disinterested Detroit newspaper men who cover City Hall—Wallace Hershon, “The News”; James Inglis, “The Times,” and Charles Weber, “Free Press.” They selected Fm. Rosol’s performance from among several others for the year.