Leslie M. Hough, 64, of Selden, N.Y., died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Patchogue, N.Y.

Hough was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1999 for rescuing a 31-year-old woman from a burning pickup truck after a highway accident in Centereach, N.Y. Hough responded to the scene with a fire extinguisher after hearing the accident from his nearby home.

Despite being disabled by a painful back and neck condition, Hough fought the flames with the extinguisher and then attempted to open the driver’s door, but it was jammed. He went to the passenger side of the truck, opened that door, and partially entered the cab to grasp the woman and pull her to the ground. Flames on the truck increased as Hough dragged the woman to safety.

Hough was born June 16, 1954, in New York and worked as a real estate agent.


Camille Mikalik, 66, of Morgantown, W.Va., died Monday, July 15, 2019, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Mikalik was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2001 for rescuing 9-year-old twins from a burning home, after a massive natural gas explosion reduced their home to rubble. Mikalik was driving nearby when he witnessed the explosion and responded to the scene.

He and other men, including Carnegie heroes Allen D. Fortney and Thomas Konchesky, mounted the pile of rubble and pulled pieces of debris from it to locate the children. Mikalik held up a section of interior wall to allow others to pull the children from the basement. Everyone fled the property, which was covered by 30-foot flames within one minute.

Mikalik was born Dec. 28, 1952, in Morgantown. A 1970 graduate of Mapletown High School, Mikalik worked for Mylan Pharmaceuticals for 20 years. Mikalik enjoyed softball, poker, pool, golf, and spending time with his friends. Mikalik is survived by one brother and numerous nieces and nephews.


Michael Paul Mizzone, 57, of Orange, Conn., died Monday, July 15, 2019, at his home. Mizzone was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2009 for rescuing his 82-year-old neighbor from his burning home. Mizzone entered the smoke-filled house and crawled through the kitchen to find the man and dragged him from the home, having to retreat for fresh air and re-enter the house twice. Mizzone was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Mizzone was born Jan. 4, 1962 in Bridgeport, Conn. He worked as union representative of the Carpenter Union local 210 and also was a master mason 32nd degree, a member of the Scottish Rite of Ansantawae Lodge 89, B.P.O.E. of Wallingford Lodge 1365, and the Sons of the American Legion Post 196. He coached football and softball. Mizzone is survived by his wife Jennifer, four siblings, and five children.


C. James Rospert, 84, of Bellevue, Ohio, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at his home.

Rospert was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2004 for rescuing a 16-year-old girl from an attacking dog. The teen struggled to restrain a dog in her front yard after it had attacked another boy, and the dog turned on her, biting her about the arms and legs.

Rospert, who was 68 at the time, witnessed the attack and went to the girl. As he approached, the 70-pound dog attacked him, until he kicked it away.

The boy, the teen, and Rospert were hospitalized for treatment of their wounds.

Rospert was born Feb. 16, 1935, in Bellevue. A veteran of the Army, he married Mary Hammersmith in 1964 after returning from his second tour in Korea. Rospert was a truck driver for many years in addition to a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 490, VFW Post 1238, and American Legion post 46. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, four siblings, four children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


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