Carnegie Medal presentation in honor of Adam Layman Thomas

Adam Layman Thomas

Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, right, presents the Carnegie Medal posthumously awarded to Adam Layman Thomas, to his daughter, Ayla Thomas, during a ceremony held in Thomas’s honor at Louisville Metro Hall on Nov. 3, 2022.

Adam Layman Thomas died attempting to save a woman in Louisville, on January 13, 2022. Thomas entered the fast-flowing waters of the swollen Ohio River in an attempt to save a 36-year-old woman who was seen entering the river by a group of bystanders moments before Thomas arrived at the scene. He removed his outer clothing, climbed over a railing, and entered the river. While attempting to rescue the woman, Thomas struggled amid the river’s turbulent current and ultimately drowned.

Photos were provided by the Thomas family.