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James Gordon Bennett Medal FDNY

The following letter was sent by James Gordon Bennett Jr. to the Commissioners of the Metropolitan Fire Department:New York, April 13, 1869. Gentlemen: My father, being desirous of adding an additional competition to the members of the Metropolitan Fire Department, in the discipline, courage and honesty with which their duties are now performed, and which was particularly called to his notice at the fire at his country residence during last September, has directed me to enclose the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, and requests that you will pay five hundred dollars to Messrs. Tiffany & Co., for the die of a medal they are preparing, and use the income of the balance in procuring, annually, a gold metal to be struck from the same, and to be conferred by you and your successors in this trust, upon such members of the Department as you may, in your judgment, consider best entitled to the reward. Very truly yours, James Gordon Bennett, Jr. Their reply:New York, April 16, 1869. Dear Sir:--We have received your note of the thirteenth instant enclosing your check for fifteen hundred dollars, with the request that we should use five hundred dollars of the amount in payment for the die of a medal which you have ordered, and the income of the balance in annually preparing and conferring a gold medal, in the name of your father, on the members of the Fire Department whom we consider to be the most meritorious. Although it will be difficult to make the selection from so much individual merit, as the Department is developing, we accept the trust with a full appreciation of the compliment conferred in our selection as trustees of your fathers' generous endowment, and will cause to be prepared a formal acceptance insuring its perpetuity. We are, very truly yours, T. Bailey Myers, James McLean, Robert S. HoneThe first recipient of Bennett Medal was Assistant Foreman Minthorne Tompkins. The medal continues to be the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Merit of the FDNY.

39 memorials
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 Thomas J. Ahearn
No grave photo

Thomas J. Ahearn

1852 – 16 Feb 1933

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

Dr Harry Mortimer Archer

Dr Harry Mortimer Archer

23 Apr 1868 – 17 May 1954

Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA

 Patrick H. Aspell

Patrick H. Aspell

1858 – 9 Dec 1898

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

 Ambrose L Austin

Ambrose L Austin

unknown – 28 Jan 1907

Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA

No grave photo

Samuel Banta

1842 – 1906

Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA

No grave photo

James A. Battillo

30 Jul 1937 – 26 Feb 2016

Calverton, Suffolk County, New York, USA

No grave photo

Paul Bauer

1832 – 10 Jun 1901

Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA

 John Joseph Binns

John Joseph Binns

1858 – 2 Feb 1923

Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA

 Francis Blessing Jr.

Francis Blessing Jr.

Feb 1885 – 15 Mar 1920

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

 James Byrne

James Byrne

1902 – 23 Nov 1954

Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA

 Albert B Carlson

Albert B Carlson

1893 – 1950

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 William Washington Clark

William Washington Clark

27 Apr 1876 – 10 Jul 1929

Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA

 Martin M Coleman
No grave photo

Martin M Coleman

1863 – 21 Dec 1903

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

No grave photo

John G. Colgan

1912 – 25 Jun 1989

Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA

No grave photo

Thomas J Dougherty

1842 – 20 Feb 1880

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 John Kieran Duddy
No grave photo

John Kieran Duddy

22 May 1953 – 13 Jul 2009
Cremated , Ashes given to family or friend
No grave photo

CPT George V. Fox

13 Oct 1866 – 28 May 1936

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

 Cornell Martin Garety

Cornell Martin Garety

30 Jul 1891 – 10 Jan 1960

East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA

 Benjamin A. Gicquel
No grave photo

Benjamin A. Gicquel

1 Feb 1842 – 9 Nov 1899

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

 Ida Louise <I>Small</I> Haight
No grave photo

Ida Louise Small Haight

1852 – 24 Feb 1906
Unknown

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