Carnegie Medals awarded to 18 in U.S., Canada for extraordinary acts of civilian heroism

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - In its fourth and final award announcement of 2012, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 18 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.

The heroes announced today bring to 81 the number of awards made in 2012 and to 9,576 the total number since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904. Commission President Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 108 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $34.8 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.

Four of the awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts, including Cynthia L. Riediger, 53, a geologist from Calgary, Ala. Riediger drowned in Lake Erie off Pelee Island, Ont., while helping to save a friend while on vacation with her family. The awardees are:

Christopher M. Johnson

Bolingbrook, Ill.

Carl Casey Loando

Honolulu, Hawaii

Gary Yurkovic, Jr.

Carteret, N.J.

Ione Fletcher Kleven

Castro Valley, Calif.

Joshua W. Steed

Abilene, Texas

Thomas Joseph Delgado

Valley Center, Kan.

Joseph C. Page

Wichita, Kan.

Jonathan Paul Jones, deceased

Lisbon, Iowa

Kujtime Ajro

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Nathan James Marling

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Makeda S. Barkley

Lisbon, Iowa

Ricky D. Clinton, deceased

Mountain Pine, Ark.

Cynthia L. Riediger, deceased

Calgary, Alta.

John M. Byrd

Round O, S.C.

Mark Samuel Dawson

Summerville, S.C.

Kenneth J. Stephens, Sr., deceased

Dunnellon, Fla.

Robert Eli Meyer

Kingston, Mass.

Connor Farland Stotts

Oceanside, Calif.

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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