Yonkers EMT posthumously given Medal of Valor at White House

An emergency medical technician from Yonkers was posthumously awarded the highest national award given to public safety officers Friday at a ceremony at the White House.

Yamel Merino was one of the first responders on the scene at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Merino, along with 441 other emergency responders who died in the line of duty trying to save lives, was given the Medal of Valor.

Since her death four years ago, a plaque was dedicated at the Bronx hospital where Merino often brought her patients. And at the annex of Westchester Community College in Yonkers where she was a student, another plaque carries her name and face.

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