Carnegie Medals Awarded to 23 For Extraordinary Acts of Civilian Heroism

Jun 24, 2010, 08:30 ET from Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

PITTSBURGH, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In its second award announcement of 2010, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 23 individuals from throughout the United States and Canada as recipients of the Carnegie Medal.  The medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others, the "heroes of civilization" in the words of Andrew Carnegie, Hero Fund founder.  Three of the awardees lost their lives in the performance of their heroic acts.

The heroes announced today bring to 45 the number of awards made in 2010 and to 9,372 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 financial grant.  Throughout the 106 years since the Fund was established, $32.4 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.  The awardees are:

Timothy Lucas Gibson


Cape Coral, Fla.

Edward Russell Nye


Mechanicsville, Va.

Michael Rangus


Mechanicsville, Va.

Akasha Witchey Traver


Lexington, Va.

Gary DeWayne Vinson, Jr., deceased


Sylvester, Ga.

Willard Van Fleet, deceased


Factoryville, Pa.

Mark W. Keene, deceased


Dalton, Pa.

Edward Jay Fillingham


Henderson, N.Y.

Jared J. Champayne


Chicago, Ill.

Jeremy S. Cobb


Muskegon, Mich.

Chad J. Tolstedt


Monroe, Mich.

Paul M. Marks


Monroe, Mich.

Larry Brian Jordan


Poland, Maine

Keith E. Melton


Troy, Ill.

Terry L. Bullard


Worden, Ill.

Alexander G. Glass


Newport, N.C.

Branden L. Bonge


Valley Mills, Texas

Cody L. Clemmons


Crawford, Texas

Nickolas J. Edwards


Salem, Ore.

Cameron T. Andersen


Mill Valley. Calif.

Gregory R. Thomson


Corte Madera, Calif.

Donald Arthur Morrison


Dutch Valley, N.B.

Donald George Gough


Summerland, B.C.



Summaries of the heroic acts can be found at http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees_recent.php. Fuller information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at www.carnegiehero.org

Contact: Douglas R. Chambers,

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SOURCE Carnegie Hero Fund Commission



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