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Presidential Citizens Medal
Awarded by
Seal of the President of the United States
President of the United States
Type Medal
Eligibility Citizens of the United States
Awarded for "exemplary deeds or services [performed] for his or her country or fellow citizens."
Status Active
Established 1969
First awarded 1973
Next (higher) Presidential Medal of Freedom
Next (lower) Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
Ribbon of the medal

The Presidential Citizens Medal is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It is the second highest civilian award in the United States, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Established by executive order on November 13, 1969, by president Richard Nixon, it recognizes individuals "who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens." The award is only eligible to United States citizens, and may be awarded posthumously.

The medal is a disc of gilt and enamel, based on the Seal of the President of the United States, with the eagle surrounded by a wreath of leaves. The medal is suspended on a ribbon, dark blue with a light blue central stripe and white edge stripes.


Hubert Dickey Ballantine and Martin Mathews were jointly awarded the 1981 Citizens Medal as founders of the Matthews-Dickey Boy's Club.

The teachers Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Victoria Soto and school administrators Mary Sherlach and Dawn Hochsprung who perished in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting defending their students were jointly awarded the 2012 Citizen Medal posthumously.[1]

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  1. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (February 15, 2013). "Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal". Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
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