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Submit a nomination for the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery

Recipients of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery must demonstrate exception bravery, without regard for personal safety, in an effort to save the lives of another or others in actual imminent danger.
For this year's award, all applications must be received by July 20, 2018. 

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

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What you need for Submit a nomination for the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery

To be considered, a nomination must include:

  • Proof of Massachusetts residency
  • Names of two or more witnesses or individuals having personal knowledge of the facts surrounding the candidate's extraordinary endeavor
  • A detailed account of any public recognition the candidate has received for their endeavor
    • This includes recognition or awards from any local, civic, religious, or other organizations as well as any press coverage of the event in which the candidate displayed exceptional bravery
  • A completed and submitted nomination form 

How to submit Submit a nomination for the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery

A completed nomination form must be printed and submitted to:

Attn: Madeline Amy Sweeney Award

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

One Ashburton Place

Room 2133

Boston, MA 02108

Note: For this year's award, all applications must be received by July 20, 2018. 

A completed nomination form can be submitted to Brian Merrick at brian.merrick@state.ma.us. 

Note: For this year's award, all applications must be received by July 20, 2018. 

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For 14 years, Amy Sweeney was a flight attendant for American Airlines. She lived in Acton, Massachusetts with her husband, Michael Sweeney, and their two small children. On September 11, 2001, Amy Sweeney was working on American Airlines Flight 11, the first airplane that was hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  Before the plane hit the tower, Amy Sweeney had the courage and bravery to contact the airline’s ground services crew to convey critical information about the five hijackers and their fatal actions on the plane that morning. It is for Amy Sweeney’s heroism, and the heroism and brave spirit of so many of the victims on September 11, 2001, that this award was created.

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