The Life Saving Benevolent Association Of New York Inc. 1849
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 in. ( 3.8 x 2.5 cm )
inscription: MAY 12, 1903/THE LIFE SAVING BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK/INCOPORATED 1819 inscription: VITA FELICIBUS AUSIS SERVATA/AAWARDED/TO/MICHAEL J. bURKE/FOR SAVING/HUMAN LIFE/IN PERIL
Circular bronze-colored medal suspended from pin-back bar; bar engraved "May 12, 1903", obverse of medal inscribed "THE LIFE SAVING BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK/INCORPORATED 1849"; reverse inscribed "VITA FELICIBUS AUSIS SERVATA / AWARDED TO MICHAEL J. BURKE / FOR SAVING / HUMAN LIFE / IN PERIL"
This medal was presented to Michael J. Burke (1864-1920), a member of a rescue patrol team on the East River, for his heroic efforts in rescuing drowning victims. Ironically, Mr. Burke's two sons drowned in the East River on Labor Day, 1918, when one son had difficulty while swimming and the other son jumped in to save him.
Gift of under will of Elizabeth B. Cornell in memory of her father, Michael J. Burke
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