Michael J. Carney died saving John L. Ressani from being struck by a temper mill roll, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, August 24, 2004. Coworkers Ressini, 48, and Carney, 50, were changing the two stacked rolls of a temper mill at a plant of the steel company where they were employed. They and another coworker were rigging the top roll to an overhead crane for repositioning when the crane began to move unexpectedly. As the crane moved the 14-ton roll toward Ressani by its secured end, Carney shouted a warning to him and then approached and pushed him hard from the roll’s path. Carney then turned, but before he could reach safety, the unsecured end of the roll dropped, pinning him to the floor. Bruised and sore, Ressani was treated at the hospital, and he recovered. Carney died at the scene.
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Michael J. Carney, 50, of Freeport, Pa., died on Aug. 24, 2004, from injuries suffered in an industrial accident while at work at the Vandergrift plant of Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Born on April 16, 1954, in Natrona Heights, Pa., he lived in New Kensington, Pa., for most of his life.
Carney worked for Allegheny Ludlum for 32 years. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also was a herpetologist.
(Edited from an obituary in the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Pa.)