Carnegie Medals Awarded to 23 For Extraordinary Acts of Civilian Heroism


<p><span class="xn-location">PITTSBURGH</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 24</span> /CNW/ -- In its second award announcement of 2010, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 23 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, the "heroes of civilization" in the words of <span class="xn-person">Andrew Carnegie</span>, Hero Fund founder.  Three of the awardees lost their lives in the performance of their heroic acts.</p>
<p>The heroes announced today bring to 45 the number of awards made in 2010 and to 9,372 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, <span class="xn-money">$32.4 million</span> has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.  The awardees are:</p>
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    Timothy Lucas Gibson                 Cape Coral, Fla.
    Edward Russell Nye                   Mechanicsville, Va.
    Michael Rangus                       Mechanicsville, Va.
    Akasha Witchey Traver                Lexington, Va.
    Gary DeWayne Vinson, Jr.,
     deceased                            Sylvester, Ga.
    Willard Van Fleet, deceased          Factoryville, Pa.
    Mark W. Keene, deceased              Dalton, Pa.
    Edward Jay Fillingham                Henderson, N.Y.
    Jared J. Champayne                   Chicago, Ill.
    Jeremy S. Cobb                       Muskegon, Mich.
    Chad J. Tolstedt                     Monroe, Mich.
    Paul M. Marks                        Monroe, Mich.
    Larry Brian Jordan                   Poland, Maine
    Keith E. Melton                      Troy, Ill.
    Terry L. Bullard                     Worden, Ill.
    Alexander G. Glass                   Newport, N.C.
    Branden L. Bonge                     Valley Mills, Texas
    Cody L. Clemmons                     Crawford, Texas
    Nickolas J. Edwards                  Salem, Ore.
    Cameron T. Andersen                  Mill Valley. Calif.
    Gregory R. Thomson                   Corte Madera, Calif.
    Donald Arthur Morrison               Dutch Valley, N.B.
    Donald George Gough                  Summerland, B.C.

<p>Summaries of the heroic 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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