PITTSBURGH, April 2 /CNW/ -- In its first award announcement of 2009, the
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 19 individuals as recipients of the
CARNEGIE MEDAL. The medal is awarded 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.
Five of the awardees lost their lives in the performance of their rescue
acts, including three teenagers. Robert Ferrell, 14, of Jobstown, N.J., died
attempting to save his mother from a fire in their home, and Ross McKay
Barfuss, 16, of Aloha, Ore., and Courtney E. Butler, also 16, of Stephenville,
Texas, drowned while attempting to save others.
The heroes announced today bring to 9,262 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 105 years since the Fund was
established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $31.2 million has
been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing
assistance. The awardees are:
John A. Lloyd Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Ross McKay Barfuss, deceased Aloha, Ore.
James D. Crocker Valley City, Ohio
Shalinder Kaur Basran Surrey, B.C.
Richard Conine Queensbury, N.Y.
Joshua E. Mattison Fort Ann, N.Y.
Clerc Higgins Cooper New Orleans, La.
Robert Ferrell, deceased Jobstown, N.J.
Gregory Bryant Port Hadlock, Wash.
Beth MacDonald, deceased Franklin, N.H.
Jeffrey M. McNeil Midwest City, Okla.
Christopher Hess Philadelphia, Pa.
Courtney E. Butler, deceased Stephenville, Texas
Christopher A. Howard Warren, Ore.
Shawn William Edele, deceased Fruitport, Mich.
Kenneth A. Oedewaldt Mapleton, Ill.
A. J. Skiptunas III Wrightsville, Pa.
Ledford Wayne Arthur Paint Bank, Va.
Francis William O'Hara Riverside, R.I.
Summaries of the heroic acts can be found at
http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php. Additional information on the
CARNEGIE MEDAL and the history of the CARNEGIE HERO FUND COMMISSION can be
found at www.carnegiehero.org.
Contact: Douglas R. Chambers
Toll free: 1-800-447-8900
For further information:
For further information: Douglas R. Chambers of Carnegie Hero Fund
Commission, Toll free: +1-800-447-8900 Web Site: http://www.carnegiehero.org