The Carnegie Medals for Heroes

The Carnegie Hero Fund has released its latest list of award winners. Twenty-two people were awarded for risking “their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.” Five of the award-winners died during their actions.

The list of winners is:

Kenneth D. Gurnon
John A. Klang
Neil Maycock
Jonathan H. Johnson
Mark Mireles
Edwin Marron
Theodore Lidgett
Katie M. Corrado
Gachino Galante
Michael H. Schreiber
Jean Patrick Policape
Norman Jeffery Ringseth
Shawn M. McLean
Timothy Michael Barry
Cristina Carrera Chavez
Katherine M. Dumas
Jon R. Sallee
Ross P. Moore
Wesley James Autrey, Sr.
Columbus Cook
Michael J. Carney
Conrad Fourney

You can read descriptions of their heroic acts at the Carnegie site.  Most of the heroes rescued someone from drowning or fire, and I’m sure you’ll recognize Wesley Autrey who saved a man from a subway train.

The site also has a lot of information about the award, its founder (Andrew Carnegie), and profiles of past winners.  It’s well worth a browse if you’re looking for some inspirational reading.

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3 Responses to The Carnegie Medals for Heroes

  1. Sally Ringseth Campbell April 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    I want to say that I truly appreciate all of the attention that my brother Jeff (Norman Jeffrey Ringseth) has received for his heroic act. I just wish everyone could have known him. Jeff was born after only 6 months. He weighed 1lb 11 oz and had three bouts of pneumonia and a hernia operation while he was in the incubator. As a result, he was smaller than nearly everyone his age and took a great deal of abuse for it. (I am not exaggerating, when I use the word abuse). He had struggles through his life but always said it would work out and not to worry. Only two years before he died I asked him about the abuse, he just said “I forgive, it was a different life then and it wasn’t anyone’s fault”. This in itself was quite a thing because the scars on his face would have reminded him every day. He was one of the most gentle people I know. I will miss him every day, and I am proud to have had him in my life for the nearly 45 years he was here.

  2. Lisa April 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    I just had to say Thank You, Sally for sharing those memories of your brother. It makes him so much more real to hear familiar accounts of his life. And to see how much he obviously meant to you and impacted your life.

  3. Katie Corrado October 16, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Yes, thank you Sally for sharing that information about your brother! He sounds like an amazing person and I am humbled to have been in the same category as someone as special as him.