<p><span class="xn-location">PITTSBURGH</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 15</span> /CNW/ -- In its first award announcement of 2010, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 22 individuals as recipients of the CARNEGIE MEDAL. The medal is given throughout the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.</p>
<p>The heroes announced today bring to 9,349 the total number of awards since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904. Commission <span class="xn-person">President Mark Laskow</span> stated that each of the awardees or their next of kin will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 106 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist <span class="xn-person">Andrew Carnegie</span>, more than <span class="xn-money">$32 million</span> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.</p>
<p>The awardees are:</p>
Jon Jesko Michigan City, Ind.
Christopher Adam Skeet Chicago, Ill.
Rory Ahearn Danbury, Conn.
Scott T. Hartigan San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Michael William Stoney Tustin, Calif.
Lawrence Francis Kelly Beaver Meadows, Pa.
John Francis Kelly Drums, Pa.
Christine Rose Nguyen, deceased New Brighton, Minn.
Charlton Lee San Marcos, Calif.
Jamie Hamley Sioux Falls, S.D.
Elijah Jarred Wittum Cleveland, N.C.
Jeremy Dylan McCarroll, deceased Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Scott Poley Elmira, N.Y.
Samuel D. Gauss Corning, N.Y.
Charles H. Monnier Molalla, Ore.
Michael J. Hickey Patchogue, N.Y.
Stacy L. Behan Tivoli, N.Y.
Thomas J. Connors Islip Terrace, N.Y.
Eric Surbito Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Duane E. Vanlanham Saginaw, Mich.
Jimmy Avant, deceased Chicago, Ill.
Adrian Alexander Jones, deceased Maywood, Ill.
<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>
Contact: Douglas R. Chambers
Toll free: 1-800-447-8900
For further information: For further information: Douglas R. Chambers, Carnegie Hero Fund, Toll free, 800-447-8900 Web Site: http://www.carnegiehero.org