<p><span class="xn-location">PITTSBURGH</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 24</span> /CNW/ -- In its second award announcement of 2010, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 23 individuals from throughout the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> 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, the "heroes of civilization" in the words of <span class="xn-person">Andrew Carnegie</span>, Hero Fund founder. Three of the awardees lost their lives in the performance of their heroic acts.</p>
<p>The heroes announced today bring to 45 the number of awards made in 2010 and to 9,372 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, <span class="xn-money">$32.4 million</span> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. The awardees are:</p>
Timothy Lucas Gibson Cape Coral, Fla.
Edward Russell Nye Mechanicsville, Va.
Michael Rangus Mechanicsville, Va.
Akasha Witchey Traver Lexington, Va.
Gary DeWayne Vinson, Jr.,
deceased Sylvester, Ga.
Willard Van Fleet, deceased Factoryville, Pa.
Mark W. Keene, deceased Dalton, Pa.
Edward Jay Fillingham Henderson, N.Y.
Jared J. Champayne Chicago, Ill.
Jeremy S. Cobb Muskegon, Mich.
Chad J. Tolstedt Monroe, Mich.
Paul M. Marks Monroe, Mich.
Larry Brian Jordan Poland, Maine
Keith E. Melton Troy, Ill.
Terry L. Bullard Worden, Ill.
Alexander G. Glass Newport, N.C.
Branden L. Bonge Valley Mills, Texas
Cody L. Clemmons Crawford, Texas
Nickolas J. Edwards Salem, Ore.
Cameron T. Andersen Mill Valley. Calif.
Gregory R. Thomson Corte Madera, Calif.
Donald Arthur Morrison Dutch Valley, N.B.
Donald George Gough Summerland, B.C.
<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>. Fuller 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, +1-800-447-8900 Web Site: http://www.carnegiehero.org http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php