Friends Remembered: Curtis Ray New

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Curtis Ray New

Curtis Ray New, 91, of Anderson, Ind., died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. He was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1977 after rescuing a 50-year-old woman from her burning home in Anderson. The woman returned to the house after flames had broken out and was heard moaning inside. New crawled into the smoke-filled kitchen, passed under an archway that was engulfed in flames, and crawled to a utility room, despite dense and smoke. He then dragged the woman to safety. New was born in 1926 in Somerset, Ky., and served in the U.S. Navy before his 1948 marriage to Bonnie Jean Clyde, who preceded him in death. He worked as a toolmaker until retiring in 1988, and enjoyed motorcycling and traveling throughout the U.S. in a motor home with his wife and dog, Benji. He is survived by two daughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.