Honorary Patriots

2024 Honorary Patriots Announced

Since 2002, the 9/11 Seaford Memorial Committee has awarded 61 Honorary Patriot awards to individuals, nominated by the public, in honor of the five Seaford HS alumni lost on September 11, 2001.  This year the committee has selected Sergio DeCiantis, Rev. Joseph H. Fitzergerald and Kevin P. O’Reilly as the new 2024 Honorary Patriots. They will receive the Honorary Patriot award on Monday, June 24th at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

The 2023 Honorary Patriot award has been presented to Nick Bilotta, Elaine Tamsen, and Joe Mottola (SHS ’81).

 

Honorary Patriot Award Overview

Since 2002, the Honorary Patriot Award has been presented annually to individuals nominated by the public and selected by the Seaford 9/11 Memorial Committee in honor of the five Seaford alumni lost on September 11, 2001: Thomas Haskell (’82), Timothy Haskell (’85), John Perry (’82), Robert Sliwak (’77), and Michael Wittenstein (’85).

Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • The Honorary Patriot Award recipient can be an individual who is representative of the spirit and lives of our five alumni who were lost on September 11, 2001.
  • The Honorary Patriot Award recipient can be an individual who has made significant contributions to the Seaford schools, community, or 9/11 Memorial.
  • The Honorary Patriot Award recipient can be an individual who is a Seaford graduate who has gained distinction.
  • The Honorary Patriot Award recipient can be an individual who has made significant contributions to society.
  • The Honorary Patriot Award recipient can be a former Patriot Award recipient who has gained distinction.

 

Nomination Form for Honorary Patriot Award

Nominate someone for an Honorary Patriot Award!

Honorary Patriot Award Recipients

2002
Michael Interrante

2003
Raymond J. Buckley, Patrick E. Gallagher

2004
Rev. Steven R. Camp, Congressman Peter T. King, Julie Oliva

2005
Stephen M. Bongiovi, Thomas G. Condon, John Murray

2006
Peter Scalamandre, Patrick J. Butler

2007
Michael Di Silvio, Angela Egan

2008
Ken Haskell, Lynda Schachner, Marty Lyons

2009
Curtis Schmitt, Capt. Marko Kostovic

2010
Linda Hurley, Donald J. Paulson

2011
William Arnold, Brian L. Conboy, Wilbur Erb

2012
John F. Capano, Susan D. Ward, Charles J. Wroblewski

2013
Kenneth Jacobsen, John Theissen, Carla & William Powell

2014
Patricia Gelling, Cliff Miller, James J. O’Donnell, Sr.

2015
Sal & Joan Bulone, Thomas Cleary, Cindy Schaaf

2016
Frank Allaire, Rev. Ronald M. Klose, Robert Podesta

2017
Rev. Monsignor Robert Hayden, Barbara Richko, William Sims

2018 
Judy Cassaro Bongiovi, John E. Brooks, James J. O’Donnell, Jr.

2019 
Jim O’Hara, Phil and Sue Nicola, Joe Viscio

2021

Donna Jebaily, Marianne Pensa, Erin King-Sweeney

       2022

       Scott A. Bersin, Sean A. Rhatigan, John A. Striffolino

       2023

      Nick Bilotta, Joseph M. Mottola, Elaine S. Tamsen

       2024

      Sergio DeCiantis, Rev. Joseph H. Fitzgerald, Kevin P. O’Reilly