- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The Fire Department of New York has held its Medal Day ceremony at City Hall for the first time in five years.

Seventy-one firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics were honored Wednesday for especially brave service over the past year.

Among those honored were firefighters who responded to last March’s East Harlem gas explosion. Other heroes helped two window-washers trapped 64 stories up at One World Trade Center.

The festive ceremony featured banners, bagpipes and boisterous firefighters cheering on their colleagues.

The fire unions have recently been critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s disability pension plan for firefighters hurt on the job.

But the mayor received mild applause at the event.

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