Awarded to employees of the Department of Transportation and private citizens for meritorious service resulting from unusual and outstanding achievement in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001. The award may be made posthumously and the decoration, certification and citation presented to the next of kin with appropriate ceremony. Specifically this award is authorized for the following personnel:
a. Employees of the DOT who were on scene at the World Trade Center Complex in New York, the crash site in Pennsylvania, or at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and performed a role in the initial rescue and recovery operations.
b. All personnel directly involved in the evacuation of lower Manhattan to include DOT employees, masters and crews of commercial vessels, and masters and crews of recreational boats that actually transported evacuees during the evacuation on September 11, 2001. The level of effort must clearly set the member above that described in the 9/11 Ribbon.
c. Personnel that demonstrated extraordinary participation or leadership while patrolling harbors, securing critical infrastructure facilities, escorting high interest vessels, and conducting boardings of vessels entering U. S. waters during the period of September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2002. The level of effort must clearly set the member above that described in the 9/11 Ribbon.
d. Employees of the DOT who demonstrated extraordinary dedication or leadership between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002. Participation must have been at an exceptional level to warrant consideration for the awarding of the 9/11 Medal. The level of effort must clearly set the member well above that described in the 9/11 Ribbon.