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Husband of only female NYPD officer killed in 9/11 returns wife's 'Woman of the Year' award after Caitlyn Jenner receives same honor

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Moira Smith (left) received the Woman of the Year award in 2001. Glamour awarded the honor to Caitlyn Jenner this year. Moira Smith (left) received the Woman of the Year award in 2001. Glamour awarded the honor to Caitlyn Jenner this year.
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A man whose wife was killed on 9/11 has returned her posthumous "Woman of the Year" Award from Glamour, after the magazine awarded the same honor to Caitlyn Jenner. 

NYPD officer James Smith, wrote an open letter to the magazine that he also posted on Facebook. Smith's wife Moira, who was also an NYPD officer, died while rescuing people from the Twin Towers on 9/11. Moira was the only female NYPD officer killed that day. Glamour awarded her "Woman of the Year" in 2001. 

When Moira's husband James found out the magazine gave the same award to Jenner, he said he was "shocked and saddened." 

“I find it insulting to Moira Smith’s memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award,” he wrote. “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.”

Glamour released a statement saying they stand by their decision. 

"Glamour was proud to honor Police Officer Moira Smith in 2001 and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner among our class of winners in 2015. Caitlyn Jenner has helped shine a light on the problems faced by transgender youth and given voice to a community that is often unheard.Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognizes brave, bold women who in their individual ways have all made a significant difference in the world.”

Smith's entire Facebook post can be read here:

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