Carnegie Medals Awarded To 20 For Acts Of Extraordinary Civilian Heroism

PITTSBURGH, March 31, 2015 /CNW/ -- In its first award announcement of 2015, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 20 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.  Three of the awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts.

The heroes announced today bring to 9,757 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 111 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $36.9 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.  The awardees are:

Kyle Christensen

Perry, Utah

Patrick J. LaRose

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Charles David Jordan

Houston, Texas

Dean Ronald Nelson

Mondovi, Wis.

Matthew R. Ward

Westfield, N.Y.

Jonathan Michael Davis, deceased

South Euclid, Ohio

Titiana L. Portis

Cleveland, Ohio

Michael Elgas

Henderson, Nev.

Terry Brown

Brookings, Ore.

Michael D. Bates

Durand, Ill.

Philip Scholz, deceased

Pleasanton, Calif.

John Reed, Jr.

Seminole, Fla.

Jason William Gingras

Seminole, Fla. 

Peter David Woit

Carlos, Minn.

Matthew Ray Hattaway, deceased

Bossier City, La.

Christine Alicia Wilson

West Henrietta, N.Y.

Luz A. Jimenez

Hackettstown, N.J.

Neil Crass

Harriman, Tenn.

Hunter O'Neil Crass

Harriman, Tenn.

Kyle V. Gibbs

Morenci, Ariz.

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  Find us on Facebook:

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