The New York City Fire Department’s James Gordon Bennett Medal was established in 1869 and features an image of Neptune (left) wading ashore. It will be renamed the Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci, Jr. Medal.

The New York City Fire Department's James Gordon Bennett Medal was established in 1869 and features an image of Neptune (left) wading ashore. It will be renamed the Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci, Jr. Medal.

The New York City Fire Department’s James Gordon Bennett Medal was established in 1869 and features an image of Neptune (left) wading ashore. It will be renamed the Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci, Jr. Medal.

UNITED STATES – JUNE 02: The James Gordon Bennett medal – the FDNY’s top honor – was presented to Firefighter James Mills at Medal Day ceremonies at City Hall. On March 4, 2003, Mills, of Ladder 176 in Brooklyn, crawled 80 feet into a smoke-choked basement to rescue a comrade while battling a blaze in a Pitkin Ave. store. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)