The husband of a NYPD officer who died in the line of duty while rescuing 9/11 victims returned her posthumous Glamour Award after the magazine named female impersonator Bruce Jenner "woman" of the year.
NYPD Officer James Smith said Glamour magazine "insulted" the memory of his wife, fallen NYPD Officer Moira Smith, and other courageous biological women by honoring a narcissistic cross-dresser as "woman" of the year.
Moira Smith was only 38 when she died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. She was credited with helping many victims to safety before going back inside one of the towers before it fell on her. She was the only female NYPD cop killed that day. She left behind her husband and their then 2-year-old daughter.
Glamour mag honored Smith for her bravery in 2001.
James Smith packed up his wife's Glamour Award in a FedEx box and shipped it back to the magazine along with a sharply-worded letter expressing his deep disappointment in the magazine for choosing sensationalism over true heroism. He said he made the decision after discussing it with his family.
In the letter, he wrote: "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.
He added: "Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man? Is this the best you could do?"
A spokesman for Glamour magazine told the NY Post the magazine was standing by their man -- 66-year-old former Olympian Bruce Jenner.
"We were proud to honor his wife in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner," the spokeswoman said. "Glamour's Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences."
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