Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Commission awards two dozen Carnegie Medals for outstanding heroism

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Commission awards two dozen Carnegie Medals for outstanding heroism.  

Honoring superlative acts of bravery, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded 24 Carnegie Medals for civilian heroism in the U.S. and Canada, raising the total number of this year’s awards to 84.

In its final announcement of 2015, the commission bestowed the honor in recognition of individuals who risked their lives to save that of others. In some cases, honorees lost their own lives saving others. Each of the awardees and their survivors will also receive a financial grant, Commission Chair Mark Laskow said.

Canadian recipients included Helen Goulet, Courtenay, British Columbia; Clifford Peterson, Ajax, Ontario; Fraser Potts, Limoges, Ontario; and Joshua Gardner, Calgary, Alberta.

The U.S. recipients from New York State were Cesar Garcia, Ronkonkoma; Michael Frawley, Hamburg; Michael Campanella, Clifton Park; Adam Myers, Ballston Spa; Boyce Coleman, deceased, Yonkers; and Jenna Fanelli, Elmsford. Illinois recipients included Dennis Hunke II, deceased, Plainfield, and Kevin O'Connor, Ottawa. Recipients from Florida were Clifford Wright, Sarasota, and Stuart Chaffin, St. Cloud. 

Additional recipients included the Gary Olson Family, Jefferson, South Dakota; Peter Radke, deceased, Medina, Ohio; Wayne Hoffman, deceased, Spring Green, Wisconsin; Laurence Norton III, New Orleans, Louisiana; Jon Meis, Renton, Washington; Steven Martin, Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania; Neil Burkhardt, Portland, Oregon; Matthew Tranel and Cory Simonson, Maquoketa, Iowa; and William Driscoll, Middleboro, Massachusetts.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was established in 1904 by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, with $37.7 million awarded to date in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance. This month’s awards bring the all-time total number of awards given to 9,821.

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