Carnegie Medals Awarded to 21 for Extraordinary Acts of Civilian Heroism


<p><span class="xn-location">PITTSBURGH</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Dec. 22, 2010</span> /CNW/ -- In its fourth and final award announcement of 2010, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 21 individuals from throughout the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> as recipients of the CARNEGIE MEDAL.  The medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.</p>
<p>The heroes announced today bring to 85 the number of awards made in 2010 and to 9,412 the total number of awards since the Pittsburgh-based Fund's inception in 1904.  Commission <span class="xn-person">President Mark Laskow</span> stated that each of the awardees or their next of kin will also receive a financial grant.  Throughout the 106 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist <span class="xn-person">Andrew Carnegie</span>, <span class="xn-money">$32.9 million</span> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.</p>
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<p>The latest awardees are:</p>
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    Keith B. Havens              Albion, Mich.
    Zachary Prince Havens        Albion, Mich.
    Zane W. Havens               Albion, Mich.
    Mark J. Pierce               Morristown, Tenn.
    Donald Ericson               The Woodlands, Texas
    Trevor Jordan Tally,
     deceased                    La Grande, Ore.
    Julie Fitzpatrick            Lighthouse Point, Fla.
    Gheorghita Rusu              Ottawa, Ont.
    David A. Benke               Littleton, Colo.
    Michael V. Sharpe            Spruce Grove, Alta.
    Larry G. Darrohn, Jr.,
     deceased                    Jim Thorpe, Pa.
    Steven Bradley Estes         Hartselle, Ala.
    Gerald Piacente              Red Hook, N.Y.
    Jose Higareda, deceased      Norwalk, Conn.
    Eula Lee Harward, deceased   Ocala, Fla.
    Christopher Alan Sturgeon    Topeka, Kan.
    Victor Oxford                Corona, Calif.
    Brian W. Coblentz            Germantown, Tenn.
    Joseph M. Healey             Bullhead City, Ariz.
    Scott Matthew Bligh          El Cajon, Calif.
    Gary A. Kneeshaw             El Cajon, Calif.

<p>Resumes of the acts can be found at <a href=""></a>.  Fuller information on the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the history of the CARNEGIE HERO FUND COMMISSION can be found at <a href=""></a></p>
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    Contact: Douglas R. Chambers
    Toll free:  1-800-447-8900


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