PITTSBURGH, July 2 /CNW/ -- In its second award announcement of 2008, the
Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 26 individuals from 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. Seven awardees lost their lives in the
performance of their rescue acts.
The heroes announced today bring to 48 the number of awards made to date
in 2008 and to 9,199 the total number of awards since the Pittsburgh-based
Fund's inception in 1904. Commission President Mark Laskow stated that each of
the awardees or their next of kin will also receive a grant of $6,000.
Throughout the 104 years since the Fund was established by
industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $30.6 million has been given in
one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.
The awardees are:
Curtis Dawson Astoria, Ore.
Dennis H. Morton Prineville, Ore.
Giankarlo Squicimari, deceased Miami, Fla.
H. Lee Cooper Westport, Conn.
Bryan K. Smith, deceased Arcata, Calif.
Alexander J. Machado Milton, Del.
Jeffery Allen Connell Mason, Mich.
Samara Marie White, deceased Davison, Mich.
Lykesia Lilly Polkton, N.C.
Andres Morales New York, N.Y.
Nicholas P. Leary Plainfield, Conn.
Deborah Chiborak Winnipeg, Man.
Gerard Beernaerts Winnipeg, Man.
Craig M. Gouker, deceased Hanover, Pa.
Jeffrey W. Sellers Hazel Green, Ala.
Patrick S. Payne Grant, Ala.
Dwayne D. Trotti, deceased Killen, Ala.
Travis Wayne Koehler, deceased Las Vegas, Nev.
David A. Snow Henderson, Nev.
Richard T. Antonino Plymouth, Mass.
Kenneth W. Ringeisen, deceased Virginia Beach, Va.
Philip Bevacqua Totowa, N.J.
DeWayne W. Griffin Amarillo, Texas
Marc Patterson Kamloops, B.C.
Michael William Baldwin Wausau, Wis.
Sandra S. Baldwin Wausau, Wis.
Summaries of the heroic acts of the awardees can be found at
http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php. Information on the Carnegie
Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at
Contact: Douglas R. Chambers
Toll free: 1-800-447-8900
For further information:
For further information: Douglas R. Chambers of Carnegie Hero Fund
Commission, +1-800-447-8900 Web Site: http://www.carnegiehero.org