46 FDNY Members Recognized For Their Courage At Annual Medal Day Ceremony

A special ceremony was held Wednesday to honor New York's bravest. The FDNY paid tribute to the men and women who risk their lives for others daily; CBS2's Christina Fan reports.

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- A special ceremony today to honor New York's bravest.

- The FDNY paid tribute to the men and women who daily risk their lives for others. CBS2's Christina Phan has more.

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CHRISTINA PHAN: They are the bravest of the brave, and today the FDNY honor these courageous men and women for their extraordinary sacrifice. While the annual ceremony was delayed a year due to COVID, the work of these heroes never stopped.

- All of you kept going, saving lives, protecting people, and was one of the things that held the city together.

CHRISTINA PHAN: 46 members of the FDNY were recognized for their courage this Medal Day. Among them--

- Firefighter Daniel Foley of Rescue Company Three.

CHRISTINA PHAN: Honored posthumously for saving two young children from a Bronx fire in February 2019. He was diagnosed with 9/11 related cancer four days after making the heroic rescue.

- He fought until the very last minute like he would in a fire. He fought his sickness the same way.

CHRISTINA PHAN: Foley spent months at ground zero searching for victims, including his firefighter brother, Thomas Foley who was killed on 9/11. Both brothers exemplifying the meaning of dedication and sacrifice.

- Danny just wanted to do the same thing that Tommy was doing. And it wasn't a question if he would stay on after 9/11.

CHRISTINA PHAN: Others honored Wednesday included paramedics Niall O'Shaughnessy and Joshua Rodriguez, who responded to a building collapse, treating several injured construction workers inside.

- Let's all be clear. If those two brave individuals are not there, that life is lost. But someone is alive today because of them.

CHRISTINA PHAN: Every one of these recipients building upon the legacy of New York's bravest. Reporting from South Street Seaport, Christina Phan, CBS2 News.