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9/11 Widower Returns Wife's Glamour Award After Caitlyn Jenner Gets It

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Caitlyn Jenner poses for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)

By    |   Monday, 16 Nov 2015 02:03 PM

The widower of Moira Smith, a hero NYPD officer killed on Sept. 11, 2001, returned the "Woman of the Year" award she was given posthumously by Glamour magazine after Caitlyn Jenner received the same award last week.

"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?" James Smith wrote in a Thursday Facebook post.

"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."

Smith addressed his letter to Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, and said he FedExed the award back to the magazine's headquarters.

Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, was called "The Trans Champion" by the magazine, and honored at a Nov. 9 ceremony held at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A spokesperson for Glamour confirmed to the New York Post that they received the returned award, and also issued a statement standing by its decision to honor Jenner.

"We were proud to honor his wife . . . in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner," the rep said Saturday. "Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences."

According to Jezebel, "Smith helped evacuate dozens of people from the burning World Trade Center, dying inside the South Tower when it collapsed. She previously helped evacuate dozens of wounded people during a 1991 subway derailment where five people were killed and 130 were hurt."

Jenner, 66, drew similar criticisms when she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN earlier this year.

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The widower of Moira Smith, a hero NYPD officer killed on Sept. 11, 2001, returned the "Woman of the Year" award she was given posthumously by Glamour magazine after Caitlyn Jenner received the same award last week.
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