Carnegie Medals for Civilian Heroism Awarded to 22 in U.S., Canada

PITTSBURGH, March 26, 2014 /CNW/ - In its first award announcement of 2014, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 22 individuals as recipients of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is given 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. Five of the heroes lost their lives in the performance of their lifesaving acts.

The heroes announced today bring to 9,675 the total number of awards made since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 110 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $36 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. The awardees are:

Lincoln LeMere

Pflugerville, Texas

Archie Jordy

Round Rock, Texas

Kyle Robert Hardman, deceased

Barbourville, Ky.

Jarvise Shelton

Villa Ridge, Ill.

Keith G. Smedema

Indianapolis, Ind.

Keno Goode, Sr.

San Carlos, Ariz.

Christopher Allen Staley, deceased

Newburg, Md.

Justin Tak Chan, deceased

Burnaby, B.C.

Michael Jerome Cade

Enid, Okla.

Henry McHenry

Houston, Texas

Steven L. Rogge

Farmington, N.M.

Edward J. Garlinghouse, deceased

Boynton Beach, Fla.

Drew James Loftus

San Diego, Calif.

Austin Jeffrey Mann

Carlsbad, Calif.

Brian Patrick Joyce

Littleton, Mass.

Steven Edward Joyce, Jr.

Littleton, Mass.

Kurt T. Buchler

Sanatoga, Pa.

Virginia R. Grogan, deceased

Gloucester, Va.

Matthew P. Schons

Tracy, Minn.

Christopher Jon Ihle

Ames, Iowa

Roger Costa

Tustin, Calif.

Jason Austin Cole

Lonoke, Ark.

Resumes of the acts can be found at Fuller information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at

Contact: Douglas R. Chambers
Toll free: 1-800-447-8900

SOURCE: Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

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