<p><location>PITTSBURGH</location>, <chron>Sept. 29</chron> /CNW/ -- In its third award announcement of 2009, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 20 individuals from throughout the <location>United States</location> and <location>Canada</location> 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.</p>
<p>Four of the awardees lost their lives in the performance of their rescues acts, including <person>Mark John Thanos</person> and his father <person>John Mikel Thanos</person>, both of Chesterton, Ind. The men were swept by floodwaters into a culvert while attempting to save a neighbor boy from drowning on <chron>Sept. 14, 2008</chron>.</p>
<p>The heroes announced today bring to 9,304 the total number of awards since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904. Commission <person>President Mark Laskow</person> 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 <person>Andrew Carnegie</person>, <money>$31.8 million</money> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. The awardees are:</p>
Mark John Thanos, deceased Chesterton, Ind.
John Mikel Thanos, deceased Chesterton, Ind.
Jorge L. Orozco Firestone, Colo.
Allen Drew Nelson Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mark Barnard Regina, Sask.
Michael David Landry Regina, Sask.
Andrew Douglas Hilderman Regina, Sask.
Timothy Tonkin Smithtown, N.Y.
Robert Stanford Rand San Clemente, Calif.
Robert Villarreal, Jr. San Antonio, Texas
John Augustus Baker II Brunswick, Ga.
Joel Edmond Moody St. Simons Island, Ga.
Robert P. Bercel Richmond, Mich.
Adam W. Lucas Manchester, N.H.
Scott O. Clarke Nashua, N.H.
Bruce A. Baxter Petaluma, Calif.
Rosetta M. Albright, deceased Sapulpa. Okla.
Tanya M. O'Donnell West Harrison, N.Y.
Joseph F. Kelly, Sr., deceased Levittown, Pa.
Jacob T. Carr Jacksonville, Ore.
<p>Summaries of the heroic acts can be found at <a href="http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php">http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php</a>. Additional information on the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the history of the CARNEGIE HERO FUND COMMISSION can be found at <a href="http://www.carnegiehero.org">www.carnegiehero.org</a></p>
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