Extraordinary acts of heroism by 22 in U.S., Canada recognized by Carnegie Hero Fund Commission | WSJ.com
PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In its first award announcement of 2013, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today named 22 individuals as recipients of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Four of the awardees died in the performance of their heroic acts.
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