PITTSBURGH, PA, March 22, 2017—Making its first awards of 2017, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today announced that 20 individuals are being given the Carnegie Medal in recognition of their acts of outstanding civilian heroism. The medal is awarded throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Three of the awardees announced today died in the performance of their heroic acts.
The heroes announced today bring to 9,934 the total number of awardees since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 113 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $38.9 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.
The awardees are:
- Krystal Ashley Salazar, Burleson, Texas
- Robert Hart Morgan, Loveland, Colo.
- Connor William Quick, Loveland, Colo.
- Jeromy E. Richardson, deceased, Whitwell, Tenn.
- Shane S. Mitchell, Tampa, Fla.
- Lisa Missana, Tampa, Fla.
- Steven Michael Paulus, Madisonville, La.
- George A. Heath, deceased, Taunton, Mass.
- Jason Barnes, Westminster, Md.
- Joseph B. Hamblin, Washington, Utah
- Steven L. Spurling, St. Charles, Ill.
- Timothy Carpenter, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Erik Breitwieser, Manorville, N.Y.
- Justin Sweet, San Diego, Calif.
- Sanford Harling III, deceased, Norristown, Pa.
- Richard David Greeno, Williamsport, Ohio
- Lisa McNairy, Circleville, Ohio
- Humberto Sanchez III, Stockton, Calif.
- Madison L. Williams, Dublin, Ohio
- Raul Moreno, Conyers, Ga.
To nominate someone for the CARNEGIE MEDAL, write the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, 436 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1101, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; call 1-800-447-8900 (toll free); or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at carnegiehero.org. Find us on Facebook or Twitter.