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Carnegie medals honor 20 who risked their lives
Written by Sentinel Staff   
Friday, 20 December 2013 07:10

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two men who helped save six people from drowning in New York during Superstorm Sandy are among the 20 honored with medals for heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

The awards announced Friday include recognition for Michael T. McDonnell and Dylan Patrick Smith, who worked together to save people in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., during the October 2012 storm. As their neighborhood flooded with more than five feet of water, the 51-year-old McDonnell and 22-year-old Smith created a rescue line to help people, and Smith used his surfboard to paddle to those in distress.

Smith died a two months later in a separate accident, while he was on vacation.

Other winners included John Bigwood of Fair Oaks, Calif. In Feb. 2012 Bigwood, 57, confronted a gunman in Sacramento who had killed a man and was threatening Glenda J. Gully, 49. Bigwood put himself between the gunman and Gully, and convinced the assailant to leave the building.

Richard Brian Andrade of Colorado Springs, Colo. won a medal for saving Joseph W. Doyle from electrocution in March, 2012. Andrade, 32, saw that Doyle was frozen in place by a live 240-volt electrical line at a jobsite. Andrade shook Doyle, also 32, free from the conduit, sustaining an electrical burn.

Other medal winners were from Arizona, Connecticut, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Texas.

Steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, says its mission is to recognize people who perform heroic acts in civilian life and to provide financial help to those disabled, or to the dependents of those killed, by their heroism.

Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants approved by the commission. More than $35 million has been awarded to 9,653 Carnegie Heroes since the fund's inception in 1904.

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