Carnegie Medals Awarded to 25 for Extraordinary Civilian Heroism



    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 2 /CNW/ -- In its third award announcement of 2008, the
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 25 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. Four of the awardees lost their lives
in the performance of their rescue acts.

    The heroes announced today bring to 73 the number of awards made to date
in 2008 and to 9,224 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 104 years since the Fund was established by
industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $30.9 million has been given in
one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.
The awardees are:

    
    Joshua E. Huffman              Pandora, Ohio
    Brian Scott Sturgill           Harrah, Okla.
    Joseph Edward Howard           Shawnee, Okla.
    Randy Poindexter               Kingfisher, Okla.
    Ronald Thomas, deceased        Wellsville, N.Y.
    Walter M. Beresford            Belleville, N.J.
    Raymond J. Knepper             Niles, Ohio
    Steven J. Gies                 Petaluma, Calif.
    Timothy Charles                Scranton, Pa.
    Craig L. Wenner, deceased      Brookville, Ohio
    Keavy Joseph Neff              Spokane, Wash.
    William Dean Basler            Las Vegas, Nev.
    Clayton A. Boucher             Remsen, N.Y.
    James Christopher Koch         Homestead, Fla.
    Jeffrey S. Bass                Miami, Fla.
    Scott Leland McGrain           Horseheads, N.Y.
    Benjamin Montgomery            Koloa, Hawaii
    Lindsey A. Witherspoon         Kingsport, Tenn.
    Kyle Christopherson            Oxford, Ga.
    Diane D. Cox                   Newbury Park, Calif.
    Jarmaine E. Ravenell           Ewing, N.J.
    Javier Jimenez                 Trenton, N.J.
    Dominique Chatman, deceased    Baton Rouge, La.
    Gregory J. Carson, deceased    Slidell, La.
    Timothy John Foote             Harrisburg, Pa.
    
    Summaries of the heroic acts can be found at
http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php. Fuller information on the
Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be
found at http://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, +1-800-447-8900 Web Site: http://www.carnegiehero.org            
    http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php

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