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Hillsborough deputies seek stolen 9/11 hero's Medal of Valor

CARROLLWOOD — Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies need help finding a Congressional Medal of Valor given to a New York City firefighter's family after he died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The medal was stolen from the Carrollwood home of his mother, Anne Muldowney, in March.

The firefighter, Richie Muldowney, was honored at the White House, and the medals were given to his mother and brother, Brian, a Hillsborough County firefighter.

Sheriff's detectives have arrested two people in connection with the burglary, 18-year-old Carlos Nigel Pierce and 20-year-old Alicia J. Sanders, but no property has been recovered.

Brian Muldowney made news a few years ago when steel beams for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum toured the country and stopped in Tampa.

According to a December 2007 St. Petersburg Times story, Brian and Anne had recently learned that a piece of Richie's body was identified through DNA testing. They buried it in a Long Island cemetery with four other firefighters from his crew.

When the beams stopped in Legends field, Anne signed a message in Sharpie ink. "Miss you + love you Richie," she wrote.

Hillsborough deputies seek stolen 9/11 hero's Medal of Valor 06/16/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:11pm]

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