I.S. 211 Ass’t. Principal Gets 9/11 Medal At White House
Dorothea Crawford, the widow of a firefighter who died when the Twin Towers collapsed four years ago and an assistant principal at John Wilson Intermediate School 211, received the 9/11 Heroes Medal Of Valor on September 9 at a special White House ceremony honoring the 442 firefighters, police officers and civilian officers who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
Crawford’s husband, Firefighter Robert James Crawford, a thirty-two year veteran of the department, died trying to save others when the towers collapsed. He was a member of Safety Battalion 1 in Brooklyn.
The award ceremony was held on the East Lawn of the White House. Crawford received a call from the Jus-tice Department a week earlier, notifying her that she would be receiving the award.
The Medal of Valor honors the public safety officers who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. An Act of Congress allowed the insignia of “9/11” to be part of the medal. Engraved in each medal is an image of the WTC Twin Towers, an image of the Penta-gon and a Keystone, representing the state of Pennsylvania. One medal and two lapel pins were given to each recipient of the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor.
“Receiving this award, while a very great honor, was bittersweet for my-self and my children,” said Crawford. “My only regret was that I could not show it to him.”
“This afforded all Americans an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of valor, heroism and citizenship,” added Crawford. “The ceremony, along with other 9-11 events, gave all Americans a glimpse into the lives of some of the individuals who received the medal.”