The Carnegie Hero Fund is honored to recognize 16 civilians, including four young adults, who risked serious injury or death to save others in acts of extraordinary heroism.
Each individual will receive the Carnegie Medal, North America’s highest honor for civilian heroism.
Among those saved by this quarter’s Carnegie Medal recipients were eight children, including an 18-month-old whose father was threatening to drop her from an overpass 40 feet above a parking lot, two sisters trapped inside their burning home, and a 7-year-old trapped under a capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who enter extreme danger while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. With this announcement, the Carnegie Medal has been awarded to 10,387 individuals since the inception of the Pittsburgh-based Fund in 1904.
Each of the recipients or their survivors will receive a financial grant. Throughout the 119 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, nearly $45 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.
The awardees are:
James G. David, deceased, Saginaw, Michigan
Christine Dawn King, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Jonathon Baez, Mesa, Arizona
Sean Patrick Kalletta, Suffolk County, New York
Lloyd Muldrow, Jacksonville, North Carolina
Jordan B. Kurtzer, Lincoln, Nebraska
Kendall Reyes, Palm Beach, Florida
Tyler Badet, San Diego
Joseph D. Donnell, Kamas, Utah
Robert M. Wilson, Jr., Glendale, Wisconsin
Andrew Reischl, Glendale, Wisconsin
Anthony Diehl, deceased, Beavercreek, Ohio
David P. Duffey, Midway, Pennsylvania
Stephen D. Rhodes, Houma, Louisiana
Jasmine Morris, West Des Moines, Iowa
JaCora Lashale Morris, West Des Moines, Iowa
To nominate someone for the Carnegie Medal, complete a nomination form online or write to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, 436 Seventh Ave., Suite 1101, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. More information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at carnegiehero.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.