19 Cited for Extraordinary Heroism by Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

    PITTSBURGH, April 2 /CNW/ -- In its first award announcement of 2009, the
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 19 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.

    Five of the awardees lost their lives in the performance of their rescue
acts, including three teenagers.  Robert Ferrell, 14, of Jobstown, N.J., died
attempting to save his mother from a fire in their home, and Ross McKay
Barfuss, 16, of Aloha, Ore., and Courtney E. Butler, also 16, of Stephenville,
Texas, drowned while attempting to save others.

    The heroes announced today bring to 9,262 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 105 years since the Fund was
established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $31.2 million has
been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing
assistance.  The awardees are:


                   John A. Lloyd                     Fernandina Beach, Fla.
                   Ross McKay Barfuss, deceased      Aloha, Ore.
                   James D. Crocker                  Valley City, Ohio
                   Shalinder Kaur Basran             Surrey, B.C.
                   Richard Conine                    Queensbury, N.Y.
                   Joshua E. Mattison                Fort Ann, N.Y.
                   Clerc Higgins Cooper              New Orleans, La.
                   Robert Ferrell, deceased          Jobstown, N.J.
                   Gregory Bryant                    Port Hadlock, Wash.
                   Beth MacDonald, deceased          Franklin, N.H.
                   Jeffrey M. McNeil                 Midwest City, Okla.
                   Christopher Hess                  Philadelphia, Pa.
                   Courtney E. Butler, deceased      Stephenville, Texas
                   Christopher A. Howard             Warren, Ore.
                   Shawn William Edele, deceased     Fruitport, Mich.
                   Kenneth A. Oedewaldt              Mapleton, Ill.
                   A. J. Skiptunas III               Wrightsville, Pa.
                   Ledford Wayne Arthur              Paint Bank, Va.
                   Francis William O'Hara            Riverside, R.I.

    Summaries of the heroic acts can be found at
http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php. Additional information on the
found at 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, Toll free:  +1-800-447-8900 Web Site: http://www.carnegiehero.org

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