Sen. Ted Stevens: Honor those who died responding to terrorist attacks

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Ted Stevens wants to extend the Public Safety Medal of Valor to those who died responding to last week's terrorist attacks.

Stevens introduced a resolution Wednesday to award the medal to police, firefighters and other public safety officers killed in the line of duty. Dozens of New York City police officers and nearly 300 firefighters were killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers following the attacks.

Stevens introduced a bill earlier this year to create the medal. Under that legislation, a review board considers nominations and selects no more than five recipients a year.

The resolution introduced Wednesday would increase the numbers to include all public safety officers who perished in the aftermath of the attacks.

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