New York Awards Medals
Mayor Robert F. Wagner presented 24 New York firemen with medals for heroism during 1956 at a ceremony held on June 18 at City Hall Plaza. The next of kin of 13 other heroes who died in the line of duty also received medals which were awarded posthumously to the deceased firemen. In addition to the medals, two cash awards of $500 each were bestowed.
Otto H. Knochenhauer, Deputy Chief in Charge, Fire College, one of the cash award recipients, was honored for his accomplishments in the training of all members assigned for instruction at the fire college. He was commended for creating the department’s Radiological Unit.
Richard A. Denahan, Deputy Chief in Charge, Bureau of Personnel and Administration, Uniformed Force, was awarded the Administration Medal in recognition of his outstanding ability in administering the bureau.