PITTSBURGH — A Texas man who saved six people from a burning building and a 70-year-old New Jersey man who helped save two children from drowning are among 21 winners of Carnegie medals for heroism.
Robin DeHaven, a 28-year-old glazier from Austin, Texas, was on his way to a job in 2010 when he saw a small plane crash into a building. DeHaven took a 17-foot ladder from his truck, climbed into the burning building and helped six people escape with minor injuries.
Louis Charles Rosso of Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey arrived at an Atlantic City beach last year and heard a boy and a girl who were 300 feet out in the water call for help. Rosso swam out to the children, ages 10 and 12, and pushed them toward shore. A police officer swam out to help, and Rosso, who was exhausted, was towed to shore by lifeguards.
Another of Wednesday's medal winners, Steven P. Zernhelt of Northampton, Pa., died in 2010 while trying to save neighbors from an assault.
Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants from a fund. More than $33.9 million has been awarded to 9,516 honorees since the fund's inception in 1904. New recipients are announced four times a year.
Steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, says its mission is to recognize people who perform heroic acts in civilian life and to provide financial help to those disabled, or to the dependents of those killed, by their heroism.
Following is the full list of winners:
- Cara A. Ellis, 21, of Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J., died attempting to rescue Bryan H. Mueller, 52, from an assault in October 2010.
- Angela M. Pierce, 29, of Dayton, Ohio, helped to rescue police Officer Jonathan C. Seiter, 43, from an assault in December 2010.
- John F. Morris Jr., 23, of Mobile, Ala., died attempting to save Angela E. Velasco, 40, from drowning in Navarre, Fla., in April. Velasco survived.
- Kevin Patrick Boyle, 39, of Saint Joseph, Mich., saved Norman K. Ketchman, 77, from burning in Stevensville, Mich., in December 2010.
- Thomas H. Porter, 52, of Cleveland, Texas, saved Lyndzie L. Lucius, 1, from burning in Splendora, Texas, in January 2011.
- Robin DeHaven, 28, of Austin, Texas, saved Lisa L. Alexander, 45, and five other people from a fire after a small plane crash in February 2010.
- Alexis Renee Vaughan, 17, and Michael Craig Vaughan, 38, of Fullerton, Calif., rescued SueLynn Panter, 44, from an attacking deer in Franklin, Idaho, in September.
- Ryan B. Phillips, 43, of Cincinnati, saved Necardo King, 3, from a fire in February 2011.
- Steven P. Zernhelt, 53, of Northampton, Pa., died attempting to rescue Denise M. Merhi, 39, and others from an assault in June 2010.
- Billy Higgins, 35, of Tiltonsville, Ohio, saved Marion Veneri, 89, from burning in Shadyside, Ohio, in December 2010.
- Louis Charles Rosso, 70, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., helped to save two children from drowning in Atlantic City, N.J., in July.
- Douglas D. Killingbeck, 48, of Milford, Mich., died attempting to save John M. Przydatek, 16, from drowning in May. Przydatek also died.
- Abigail R. Zuehlke, 30, of Earlysville, Va., helped to save Brandon Santiago, 18, and Daniel Santiago, 20, from drowning at Hunting Island, S.C., in July.
- James Lee Smith Bowen, 32, of Lawrence, Kan., saved Alice J. Ahlers, 68, from drowning in Ames, Iowa, in August 2010.
- Craig R. Espenshade, 50, of Jensen Beach, Fla., saved Sophie S. McConnell from drowning in Stuart, Fla., in February 2011.
- Charles V. Worden, 44, of North Garden, Va., saved Adrian G. Rowe from drowning in Waynesboro, Va., in April.
- Nathan Yassen, 19, of Brockton, Mass., saved Nina L. Sullivan, 97, from a fire in January 2011.
- Shane D. Scott, 33, of Bishop, Calif., rescued Drew C. Delis from a fire in August 2010.
- Jason W. Thurston, 30, of Northport, Maine, rescued Nina Tyutyunnyk, 71, from a fire in December 2010.
- Daniel Harrison Haley, 25, of Greeley, Colo., saved Brenndan Daviet, 10, from drowning in November 2010.
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