Video of "An Act of Valor" event held at the Heinz History Center, featuring October 27 attack survivors Dan Leger and Tim Matson and Rauh Jewish Archives Director Eric Lidji.
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.
The October 27 Archive collects responses to an antisemitic attack in Pittsburgh, Pa. on October 27, 2018. These responses take many forms but share a motivating impulse. Each began in the mind and heart of someone who was moved by the events of that day and was compelled to create something meaningful from that feeling. By sharing these responses, those people chose to be vulnerable for the sake of a greater good. The October 27 Archive website was launched with the belief that sharing these responses with the world can provide an avenue for people all over the world to reflect, learn, and heal.
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