20 honored by Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

December 19, 2017 - 12:22 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 76-year-old museum owner who pulled a semiconscious man from a burning car following a crash in rural Pennsylvania is one of 20 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced the award winners on Tuesday.

Honoree James Raymond Garvey Sr. reached into the driver's side window of a burning and battered SUV to pull a 26-year-old man from the wreckage in November 2016.

Seven honorees died while trying to save others. One was a 24-year-old New York man who died of smoke inhalation while attempting to rescue his son during a fire.

The commission was founded and endowed by the late steel magnate and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. It has awarded roughly $39 million to about 10,000 heroes or their families since 1904.

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