Sunday, November 15, 2015


Caitlyn Jenner (left), Moira Smith  
Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The husband of a hero cop killed on 9/11 returned his wife's Woman of the Year award after Glamour magazine gave the same honor to Caitlyn Jenner.

Moira Smith, 38 was the only female NYPD officer to die during the terrorist attacks, and was posthumously given the magazine's greatest accolade for sacrificing her life to help dozens out of the South tower.

Moira Smith helped save Edward Nicholls, then returned to help others and was killed

Her husband, James Smith took the award off the shelf of his Long Island home and sent it back, along with this letter to Galmour's editor, Cindi Leive, denouncing her decision to put transgender Jenner in the same category as his wife:

Cindi Leive
Glamour Magazine
Conde Nast
1 World Trade Center
New York, NY10007

Dear Ms.Leive,
On October 29th, 2001 I was honored to accept the Glamour Magazine "Woman of the Year Award" posthumously given to my wife, Police Officer Moira Smith. Moira was killed on September 11th, 2001 while rescuing thousands from the World Trade Center. EMT Yamel Merino was also posthumously honored that evening for her heroism.
I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner "Woman of the Year". I find it insulting to Moira Smith's memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award. Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man? At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police officers and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases…the list of possibilities goes on…is this the best you could do?
I can only guess that this was a publicity stunt meant to resuscitate a dying medium.
After discussing this slap in the face to the memory of our Hero with my family, I have decided to return Moira's award to Glamour Magazine.
James J Smith.


  1. He's absolutely right. That is an insult to his wife and quite frankly, women. I don't know how all the women's rights groups aren't all over this!

    1. I agree with you Sylvia. I was blessed to grow up with the Smith family in New York. Moira was an amazing women. I'll never forget her, or her sacrifice.

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