PITTSBURGH, April 7, 2011 /CNW/ -- In its first award announcement of 2011, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 20 individuals from throughout the United States and Canada as recipients of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
The heroes announced today bring to 9,432 the total number of awards since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904. Commission President Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees or their next of kin will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 107 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $33.1 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.
One of the awards is being made posthumously. Carmen F. DeGregorio, Jr., of Millville, N.J., died two days after rescuing a woman from an assault in Millville. DeGregorio kept the assailant from abducting the woman by car but then was struck down by the car as he and the woman fled. The latest awardees are:
Michael S. Hatfield Richland, Wash.
Scott J. Oak Tacoma, Wash.
Joseph W. Hughart Fort Gibson, Okla.
Lauren Winstead Collierville, Tenn.
Kenneth M. Goss Grand Junction, Colo.
Robert T. Schmidt Eden Prairie, Minn.
Paul A. Ansolabehere Minnetonka, Minn.
Ryan P. Van Wave Saint Charles, Mo.
Jason Mitchell Norman North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Carmen F. DeGregorio, Jr., deceased Millville, N.J.
Michael L. Noriega Manhattan Beach, Calif.
John David Pearce Fort Erie, Ont.
Timothy McCarthy Overland Park, Kan.
Orville D. Clinton Salina, Kan.
Jay S. Huscher Salina, Kan.
Troy Allen Reinert Salina, Kan.
David L. Braga Modesto, Calif.
Roger Randolph Lang Corona, Calif.
Theophilus I. Joseph San Bernardino, Calif.
Carlos S. Valles Sparks, Nev.
Resumes of the acts can be found at http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php. Fuller information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at www.carnegiehero.org
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SOURCE Carnegie Hero Fund Commission
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