Carnegie Medals Awarded To 22 In U.S., Canada For Acts Of Extraordinary Civilian Heroism

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24, 2015 /CNW/ -- In its third award announcement of 2015, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 22 individuals from throughout the United States and Canada as recipients of the Carnegie Medal.  The medal is awarded to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.  Four of the awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts.

The heroes announced today bring to 60 the number of awards made to date in 2015 and to 9,797 the total number 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, $37.5 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.  The awardees are:

Liane Heather Wood              

Frankford, Ont.

Daniel Marvin Wood             

Frankford, Ont.

Ronald LaRue, deceased        

Mayfield, Ky.

Joel Kevin Kyle, Jr.             

Tyrone, Pa.

Phillip Ashley Grigg              

Phoenix, Ariz.

Gary A. Golding, Jr.           

Redondo Beach, Calif.

Kevin Patrick Cotter             

Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Robert McNulty                 

Burbank, Calif.

William Ayotte                   

Churchill, Man.

Mark James Hoffman                 

Aristes, Pa.

Kory Kern Kocher                   

Waialua, Hawaii

Isaac G. Pinsonneault            

Chatham, Ont.

Kirby Crump                              

West Jordan, Utah

Michael T. Landsberry, deceased   

Reno, Nev.

Brian Wargo                          

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Charles E. Wyant                    

New Bethlehem, Pa.

Karen Wessel, deceased               

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Tou Hu Vang, deceased                       

Coon Rapids, Minn.

Kenphenyeehu Hawj                       

Ham Lake, Minn.

Gregorio V. Monge                      

San Bernardino, Calif.

Russell Allen Hill                       

Indianapolis, Ind.

Earl Heath Wickline                      

Londonderry, N.H.

Resumes of the acts can be found at http;//  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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