The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission made its fourth and last award announcement of 2014 on December 22. It awarded the Carnegie Medal to 19 people for acts of heroism. The medal is given to people in the U.S. and Canada who risk their own lives while trying to rescue somebody else.
Two of the rescuers performed their deeds on Christmas Day, 2013: Richard L. Blessen, 45, rescued two boys who fell through a pond’s thin ice in Duncan, Nebraska, and Donald E. Thompson, 54, saved a man trapped in a burning car in Los Angeles.
The 19 honorees bring the year’s total up to 84. 9737 people have received the Carnegie Medal since the Fund was established in Pittsburgh in 1904. Mark Laskow, the commission Chair, announced that the honorees would also receive a financial grant. The Fund has awarded $36.7 million over the past 110 years in the form of scholarships, death benefits, one-time grants, and continuing assistance.
According to redir, in addition to Blessen and Thompson, the latest honorees are Jonathan A. Barthel, Clifford Faraci, Jim O. Fultz, John Shannon Gibson, Daniel C. Hardwick, Samuel Irick, Jeffrey A. Johnson, Wayne Kitt, James M. Kocker, Bernard Kozen, Pawel L. Kruszewski, Frederick J. Levesque, Jr., Paul W. Mongiello, Ronnie Lee Moore, Jr., Gregory D. Plancich, Donald Schaus, Sr., Brett Allen Thoele, reports Gianfrancesco Genoso.