<p><location>PITTSBURGH</location>, <chron>Dec. 22</chron> /CNW/ -- In its fourth and final award announcement of 2009, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 23 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>The heroes announced today bring to 9,327 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>$32 million</money> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. The awardees are:</p>
Seth C. Russell Portland, Ore.
Ryan W. Derry Sherwood, Ore.
Michael Paul Mizzone Orange, Conn.
Darryl A. Putz Manchester, Iowa
Kurt James Johnson Bloxom, Va.
Elizabeth M. Kelley Peoria, Ill.
Timothy B. Haas, deceased Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Paul Haas Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Michael Allen Hill Larwill, Ind.
Jason Wayne Spencer Columbia City, Ind.
Mark C. Moore Tallahassee, Fla.
Dalton Lewand Tallahassee, Fla.
Derek C. Merman Lake Grove, N.Y.
James P. McCaskey Bartlett, Tenn.
Richard Shawn Harper Fort Worth, Texas
Brandon Rothrock Ellenboro, N.C.
Joshua A. Bumgarner Bostic, N.C.
Walter M. Gannon Belvidere, Ill.
Rolando Campuzano, Sr., deceased Warm Springs, Ore.
Allen Chadwick Harris Nashville, Tenn.
Derek J. Creel Warrior, Ala.
Krista D. Girvan Edmonton, Alta.
Kim R. Grove Pilot Mound, Iowa
<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
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