On Wed., Sept 11, 2019  the Rotary Club of Concord and the Colonial Inn held a reception at which the Al Filipov award for Courage and Service was awarded to Lieutenant William Nelson of the Concord Fire Department and Police Officer Gerald Mearn of the Concord Police Department. Concordian Al Filipov was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, the first hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Center. Keynote speaker was Al’s son, David Filipov, who was a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Chiefs Joseph O’Connor and Tom Judge assisted in the presentations. A donation to Minuteman Arc will be made in Lieutenant Nelson’s name and a donation to Home Base Veteran and Family Care will be made in Officer Nelson’s name.