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