New York City Seeks Honor for 9/11 Priest

An effort to award FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom got a boost yesterday from the City Council.The council passed a resolution calling on Congress to honor the Rev. Judge, a beloved Franciscan friar who was killed...


An effort to award FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom got a boost yesterday from the City Council.

The council passed a resolution calling on Congress to honor the Rev. Judge, a beloved Franciscan friar who was killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.

"New York has produced many heroes, but I don't think we've ever produced a greater hero," said Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan).

"With every waking moment he gave of himself to others."

Judge died after he took off his protective headgear while delivering the last rites to a fallen rescue worker.

Peter Gorman, president of the United Fire Officers Association, said thousands of the city's Bravest knew of Judge's unique qualities.

"I can honestly say if something good came out of Sept. 11, it is that the world and the nation got to know Mychal Judge for his goodness, his faith and his heart," Gorman said.

"If you met him, you came away a better person. This would be a wonderful