heroismPITTSBURGH, 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 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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