CARNEGIE Hero Fund Commission recognizes 19 for acts of EXTRAORDINARY CIVILIAN HEROISM

heroismPITTSBURGH, Pa., June 19, 2017—In its second award announcement of 2017, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced today that 19 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.  Four of the latest awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts.

The heroes announced today bring to 39 the number of awards made to date in 2017 and to 9,953 the total number 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, $39.1 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.

The awardees are:

Stephanie Melinda Marino Manteca, Calif.
Scott B. Keller Tecumseh, Mich.
Kenneth R. Atkinson, deceased Centennial, Colo.
Robert Sunkel Vero Beach, Fla.
Linda Nolan Vero Beach, Fla.
Robbie Goering-Jensen Ashland, Neb.
Brian G. Bergkamp, deceased Cheney, Kan.
Brett Bailes Omaha, Neb.
C. Fredric Holbeck Omaha, Neb.
Dennis Wilson Omaha, Neb.
David Blauzvern Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Gary J. Messina West Islip, N.Y.
John J. Green III New York City, N.Y.
Louis Daniel Scharold Alexandria, Ky.
Dennis Joseph Michel, deceased Ankeny, Iowa
Robert Conant Stoney Creek, Ont.
Sean C. Randles, deceased Las Vegas, Nev.
John David Smith Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.
Victor M. Ortiz Union, N.J.

To nominate someone for the CARNEGIE MEDAL, write the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, 436 Seventh Ave., Suite 1101, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; call 1-800-447-8900 (toll free); or email More information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at Find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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