A man who lost his wife on 9/11 returned Glamour's "Woman of the Year" award after the magazine honored Caitlyn Jenner last week, the Daily Mail reports.
NYPD officer Moria Smith was given the award posthumously in 2001 after she died helping people evacuate the Tower Two, saving several lives. But her husband James Smith is upset this week after learning Glamour gave a similar award to Jenner.
Smith, a retired police officer, was so furious that he mailed back his wife's award with a harsh letter, condemning the magazine's "insulting" decision. He said he was initially "honored " to receive the award a month after the death of his wife, but went on to say giving the same award to Jenner is a "slap in the face to the memory of our hero."
"I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner 'Woman of the Year,'" Smith wrote. "I find it insulting to Moira Smith's memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award. Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?"
He goes on to say:
"At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police officers and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases. Is this the best you could do?"
At Glamour's Women of the Year celebration in New York last week, the magazine honored Jenner, calling her a "Trans Champion."
"I've had many, many, many years of isolation of hiding from the world, lying to the world, of not being myself," she said during her acceptance speech.
A spokesperson for Glamour spoke to the New York Post and said the magazine stands by its choices.
"We were proud to honor his wife . . . in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner," they told the newspaper. "Glamour's Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences."
Jenner is the second trans person to win the award. "Orange is the New Black" star Lavern Cox was recognized by Glamour in 2014, according to the Daily Mail.
Moria Smith was one of the 23 NYPD officers to die on 9/11, and the department's only female cop to die in the attacks.