PITTSBURGH, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ -- In its third award announcement of 2011, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 25 individuals as recipients of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Three of the awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts.
The heroes announced today bring to 65 the number of awards made to date in 2011 and to 9,477 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, $33.7 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. The latest awardees are:
Joseph A. Buttaccio, Jr. Lyons, N.Y.
Anna Buttaccio Lyons, N.Y.
Steven J. Keller Covington, La.
Christian Timmins Covington, La.
Nathan N. Smith, deceased Citrus Heights, Calif.
Jeffrey Lloyd Breuer Eden Prairie, Minn.
Sean T. O'Connell Mandeville, La.
Connelly Phelps Parker, Jr. North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Megan Elizabeth Allen Raleigh, N.C.
Dionysios Agelatos, deceased Albany, Ga.
Steve Fenton Keansburg, N.J.
Michael T. Chura Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Rickie D. McDowell, Jr. Lincoln Park, Mich.
Kevin Moss Southgate, Mich.
Roland Monte Blake, Jr. Shawnee, Okla.
Robin Adair Port Orchard, Wash.
William B. Jackson, Jr., deceased Hendersonville, N.C.
Timothy Lee Rostar Alanson, Mich.
Matthew Charles Logan Moscow, Idaho
Kevin Joseph Barbee Lewiston, Idaho
Donald L. Galloway Genesee, Idaho
Cameron C. Gilbert Cool, Calif.
Allyson Powell North Dighton, Mass.
Robert Hugh Flanagan Denver, Colo.
George J. Flanagan Swansea, Mass.
Resumes of the acts can be found at http://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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