NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The widower of an NYPD officer killed on 9/11 has reportedly returned his wife’s Woman of the Year award to Glamour after the magazine gave the same honor last week to transgender Caitlyn Jenner.
Officer Moira Smith helped evacuate people out of Tower Two.
Smith’s husband says he was honored to receive the award on behalf of his wife in 2002, but returned it last week with a letter that read it was now a “slap in the face to the memory of our hero.”
Jenner, of reality TV fame and a gold medal Olympian, was formerly known as Bruce.
"Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man? “ wrote James Smith. The letter was published on several news websites including the NYPost.com.
Jenner, one of a group of honorees that included actress Reese Witherspoon, dancer Misty Copeland and designer Victoria Beckham, also said that, in case anyone was wondering, "I'm very happy to be living on the other side."
She said that before she had come out as a woman, she stayed home most of the time. "Now," she said to cheers, "I actually like going out, and being myself."
Jenner described her journey to becoming a woman, and spoke of how she sat down with her children to discuss her plans to go public. She said she had realized that perhaps "this is why God put me on this earth, to tell my story ... and make a difference in the world."
With the Associated Press