Medals Awarded to New York Fire Fighters
Mayor James J. Walker presented medals to members of the New York Fire Department for meritorious and heroic services at exercises held at the City Hall on June 7. The twenty-six men who were honored were escorted by the Fire Department band and by a file of medal winners of previous years.
Special commendation was given to Fireman Vincent J. Hyde of Rescue Company 3, winner of the Bennet Medal and the Department Medal. He waged a pistol duel with payroll bandits in the Bronx after they had shot two policemen. Hyde took the pistol of a policeman who was shot down and pursued the bandits in an automobile chase.
The Bonner Medal was awarded to Fireman First Grade Edward J. Wallace, Engine Co. 7.
Trevor-Warren Medal to Fireman First Grade Thomas P. O’Brien of FT & L. Co. 24.
Kenny Medal to Fireman First Grade Francis M. Hetfernan of Engine Co. 7.
Van Heukelom Medal to Fireman First Grade Thotuas E. Leahy of H. & L. Co. 19.
Crimmins Medal to Fireman First Grade Thomas McHale of H. & L. Co. 10.
Brookman Medal to Fireman First Grade Charles G. Roscher of H. & L. Co. 1.
Prentice Medal to Fireman First Grade V illiam A. Dorritie of Rescue Co. No. 1.
Scott Medal to Fireman First Grade Christopher G. V alker of Engine Co. 5.
Brooklyn Citizen’s Medal to Fireman First Grade Michael J. Maxwell of H. & L. Co. 108.
Stephenson Medal to Capt. William J. Fitzgerald ot Engine Co 23.
Administration Medal to Deputy Chief Joseph O’Hanlon for having submitted to the F’ire Commissioner the best suggestion for the improvement of the Department and to promote the general efficiency during 1931.
The Fire College Medals were awarded to the officers and men of the second section of H. & L. Co. 22 for efficiency in drill and evolutions of the Fire Company School. The company completed nineteen evolutions in ten minutes and twenty-three seconds which, with a time allowance of fortyfive seconds, made a corrected time of nine minutes and thirty-eight seconds.