2005-09-23 / Community

Families of 9/11 Heroes Receive The President’s Medal Of Valor

Pictured: The Russell family with First Lady Laura Bush.Pictured: The Russell family with First Lady Laura Bush. Members of the Russell family were flown to the White House on Friday, September 9 to receive the 9/11 Medal of Valor in honor of Stephen P. Russell, a firefighter and local Rockaway resident who lost his life on September 11, 2001.

The ceremony took place at the White House on the South Lawn. Accepting the award for Stephen’s parents was his older brother, Clifford Russell. After the ceremony, First Lady Laura Bush stayed to meet and greet the family members. Laura Bush also accepted the book, “A Salute To Bravery,” from Christina Russell, Clifford’s wife, which was produced by her, Anne Marie Ruggiero and their 6th grade class in the aftermath of 9/11.

Pictured: Christina Russell presents First Lady Laura Bush with the book, “A Salute To Bravery,” created by her 6th grade class after 9/11.Pictured: Christina Russell presents First Lady Laura Bush with the book, “A Salute To Bravery,” created by her 6th grade class after 9/11.

Pictured: Clifford Russell (far right), his wife, Christina, and their two sons Cliff and Christopher stand in front of the White House after the Medal of Valor ceremony.
Pictured: Clifford Russell (far right), his wife, Christina, and their two sons Cliff and Christopher stand in front of the White House after the Medal of Valor ceremony. Pictured: Clifford Russell holds up the Medal of Valor, given to the Russell family in dedication to Firefighter Stephen Russell’s bravery and supreme sacrifice on 9/11.Pictured: Clifford Russell holds up the Medal of Valor, given to the Russell family in dedication to Firefighter Stephen Russell’s bravery and supreme sacrifice on 9/11.

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