Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Cites 23 For Extraordinary Acts Of Civilian Heroism

PITTSBURGH, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - In its second award announcement of 2012, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 23 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 awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts.

The heroes announced today bring to 44 the number of awards made in 2012 to date and to 9,539 the total number since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904. Commission President Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 108 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $34.4 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance. The awardees are:

Bobby Joe O'Quinn III, deceased

Bude, Miss.

Kirk D. Haldeman

Ligonier, Pa.

Michael J. Ledgard

Greensburg, Pa.

Andrew Ian Hull

Bethel, Conn.

Nicole M. Autilio

Saugus, Mass.

Paul Corcoran

North Andover, Mass.

Joseph Anthony Jones

Greenfield, Ohio

Kyle D. Austin, deceased

Mattawana, Pa.

David M. Reichenberg, deceased

Spring Valley, N.Y.

Trevor Fox

Chino, Calif.

Anthony V. Savedra

Wildomar, Calif.

Timothy Elbridge West

Riverside, Calif.

Sean C. M. Vorel

Bennington, Neb.

Connor M. Bystrom

Holmes Beach, Fla.

Edward J. Power, Jr., deceased

Everett, Mass.

Austin Woods Ball

River Heights, Utah

Bryan Phillip Gross, deceased

Douglas, Wyo.

Christine A. Marty

Sarver, Pa.

Mitchell Mochinski

Lester Prairie, Minn.

Zachary Michael Mortenson

Hamilton, Ohio

Laurie Ann Eldridge

Cameron, N.Y.

Craig A. Sibley

Caledon, Ont.

Connor Frederick Klein

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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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