Mayor Michael Bloomberg bestowed awards Wednesday on sanitation workers for displays of heroism during and in the aftermath of last year's Superstorm Sandy.
Bloomberg said the Department of Sanitation proved time and time again after Sandy "why they are called New York's strongest."
"They worked night and day removing 400,000 tons of debris from our streets," Bloomberg said. "And even before the storm hit, they were helping neighbors and saving lives."
The Gold Medal of Honor went to Queens sanitation worker Dennis Healy, who Bloomberg said used an inflatable mattress to help bring his neighbors and a dog to safety amid Sandy's rushing floodwaters and blazing fires in Breezy Point.
The award ceremony, at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, coincided with the swearing in of 300 new Department of Sanitation workers. Bloomberg said he hoped the award winners would server as an example for their new colleagues.
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