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The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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Medal of Valor

Award medal attached to light blue ribbon and housed in blue velour jewelry box. Design of medal features City of Pittsburgh crest.

Historical Notes

The Medal of Valor is the highest honor issued by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. It is awarded to "sworn members who distinguish themselves by performing an act of exceptional courage and bravery above and beyond the call of duty," often involving extreme personal risk. At the H. John Heinz Police Awards ceremony on November 1, 2019, the bureau awarded the medal to the four Pittsburgh Police Department officers who were injured while responding to the October 27 attack: Anthony Burke, Tim Matson, Daniel Mead, and Michael Smigda. Officer Matson was the most severely injured of the four officers and spent weeks in the hospital following the attack. He was being treated in the same facility as Dan Leger, a member of Congregation Dor Hadash who was also gravely injured in the attack. After learning that one of the injured officers was recuperating in a nearby room, Leger set a personal physical therapy goal: to re-learn to walk well enough to visit the officer. After meeting in the hospital, the two men subsequently became friends. Following the award ceremony, Matson gave his Medal of Valor to Leger, as a gesture of gratitude. The two men donated the award to the Rauh Jewish Archives in a public ceremony on May 16, 2021.

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Dan Leger and Tim Matson