Carnegie Medal presentation to Carnegie Hero Pierre Joseph Gibbons

Gibbons presentation

Carnegie Hero Pierre Joseph Gibbons, center, stands with his daughter, Taylor Gibbons, left, and son, Jeremiah Gibbons, a Baltimore firefighter, right, after receiving the Carnegie Medal for heroism. Gibbons risked his life when he entered a burning Baltimore row house across from his own in an attempt to rescue his elderly neighbor on Sept. 23, 2019. Gibbons carried the woman nearly to safety before he collapsed inside the row home where both were badly burned and suffered smoke inhalation. Gibbons recovered after 280 days in the hospital, but his neighbor died about a month after her rescue. Baltimore Fire Chief Niles R. Ford presented Gibbons’ medal on behalf of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in a brief ceremony in front of Gibbons’ row house on Jan. 13, 2021. At the ceremony, Gibbons was able to reunite with the firefighters and medical personnel who assisted in his survival.