Carnegie Medals Awarded to 22 for Extraordinary Acts of Civilian Heroism


<p><span class="xn-location">PITTSBURGH</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 15</span> /CNW/ -- In its first award announcement of 2010, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 22 individuals as recipients of the CARNEGIE MEDAL.  The medal is given throughout the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> 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 9,349 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>, more than <span class="xn-money">$32 million</span> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.</p>
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<p>The awardees are:</p>
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    Jon Jesko                                     Michigan City, Ind.
    Christopher Adam Skeet                        Chicago, Ill.
    Rory Ahearn                                   Danbury, Conn.
    Scott T. Hartigan                             San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
    Michael William Stoney                        Tustin, Calif.
    Lawrence Francis Kelly                        Beaver Meadows, Pa.
    John Francis Kelly                            Drums, Pa.
    Christine Rose Nguyen, deceased               New Brighton, Minn.
    Charlton Lee                                  San Marcos, Calif.
    Jamie Hamley                                  Sioux Falls, S.D.
    Elijah Jarred Wittum                          Cleveland, N.C.
    Jeremy Dylan McCarroll, deceased              Highlands Ranch, Colo.
    Scott Poley                                   Elmira, N.Y.
    Samuel D. Gauss                               Corning, N.Y.
    Charles H. Monnier                            Molalla, Ore.
    Michael J. Hickey                             Patchogue, N.Y.
    Stacy L. Behan                                Tivoli, N.Y.
    Thomas J. Connors                             Islip Terrace, N.Y.
    Eric Surbito                                  Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
    Duane E. Vanlanham                            Saginaw, Mich.
    Jimmy Avant, deceased                         Chicago, Ill.
    Adrian Alexander Jones, deceased              Maywood, Ill.

<p>Summaries of the heroic acts can be found at <a href=""></a>. Additional 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


For further information: For further information: Douglas R. Chambers, Carnegie Hero Fund, Toll free, 800-447-8900 Web Site:

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