Recently, Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Board Member Nathalie Lemieux and Director of External Affairs Douglas R. Chambers conducted a Carnegie Medal presentation to four Carnegie Heroes: Isaac G. Pinsonneault, Liane Heather Wood and Daniel Marvin Wood, and Clifford W.J. Peterson. The presentation was held on Jan. 15, 2016, at a restaurant in Toronto.
On Aug. 15, 2014, 16-year-old Isaac helped to save a 21-year-old man from drowning in Lake Huron in Goderich, Ont..
“I deeply appreciate this,” Isaac said. “This is insane. I never expected anything to come up like this … I didn’t know what I was thinking in that moment. I guess it was pure adrenaline.”
The Woods, who are married, saved a 13-year-old girl from drowning in 32-degree water after she was trapped in a sports utility vehicle that entered the Trent River and overturned in Frankford, Ont., on Feb. 6, 2013.
“We’re very humbled by this,”Daniel Wood said. “I would like to think that — as Isaac was saying earlier it was just one of those things that you just can’t stand back — that it was a natural reaction of human nature. But it is very humbling to be recognized by such a fantastic organization.”
Peterson, a police constable, lunged across an icy bridge abutment to prevent a man from falling 100 feet in Toronto on December 8, 2013.
“I’d just like to say thank you very much in every respect. This is amazing,” Peterson said. “I’d do it again even if I didn’t get this.”
“There’s something beautiful inside of all of you,” Lemieux concluded.
Pinsonneault and the Woods were awarded the medal in September, 2015, and Peterson was awarded the medal in December, 2015.