Lo­cal hero hon­oured with in­ter­na­tional medal for brav­ery

Min­is­ter en­cour­ages peo­ple to be in­spired by her courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY SUE HICKEY

A lo­cal woman has been hon­oured with an in­ter­na­tional medal for the supreme sac­ri­fice: to lay down one’s life for an­other.

Thirty-five-year-old Tina Moores of Grand Falls-Windsor is one of 19 re­cip­i­ents to be awarded the Carnegie hero­ism medal.

The medal is given through­out North Amer­ica to those who risk their lives to an ex­tra­or­di­nary de­gree while sav­ing or try­ing to save the lives of oth­ers.

In Ms. Moores’ case, the nine-yearold girl she was try­ing to res­cue on Red In­dian Lake sur­vived, but Ms. Moores – a nurse and a for­mer life­guard at the YMCA – drowned.

She is the only Cana­dian on the list, and only one of three of the re­cip­i­ents listed as de­ceased.

“I was sup­posed to get a let­ter Sept. 17 but I had not re­ceived it (as of press time),” said Ms. Moores’ hus­band, Dale.

“ To see her rec­og­nized by such a pres­ti­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion was an hon­our.”

Mr. Moores said other fam­ily mem­bers, friends and relatives were all touched by the fact that such an or­ga­ni­za­tion would take note.

She had also been rec­og­nized in Canada on pro­vin­cial and fed­eral lev­els for her act of hero­ism. But the Carnegie award came “out of the blue,” said Mr. Moores.

“ I don’t even know who nom­i­nated her.”

Peter MacKay is the fed­eral De­fence Min­is­ter, as well as the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for New­found­land and Labrador.

He is­sued a state­ment ac­knowl­edg­ing Ms. Moores’ sac­ri­fice.

“I would like to high­light the post­hu­mous award­ing of the Carnegie Medal for hero­ism to Tina Maryann Moores of Grand Fall­sWind­sor,” he stated. On Au­gust 15, 2009, Tina bravely swam out to save Emily B. Ivany, just nine years old, from drown­ing in Red In­dian Lake near Buchans.

“ Tina kept Emily’s head above wa­ter, but she be­came dis­tressed and passed the young­ster to her sis­ter, who was also as­sist­ing in the res­cue.

Sadly, the strong cur­rent kept Tina from reach­ing shore and she drowned that day. Her ac­tions were the very essence of hero­ism, and I salute her for the sac­ri­fice she made to save an­other life that day.”

The min­is­ter stated he found it ap­pro­pri­ate Ms. Moores has been cho­sen as the re­cip­i­ent of such a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional award in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Igor.

“I have ev­ery con­fi­dence that in this time of dif­fi­culty, New­found­lan­ders and

Labrado­ri­ans will look to Ms. Moores’ self­less­ness, courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion as a source of in­spi­ra­tion.”

An­drew Carnegie founded the fund in 1904 and medal re­cip­i­ents are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive grants, schol­ar­ship aid and death ben­e­fits. Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees or their next of kin will also re­ceive a fi­nan­cial grant.

Through­out the years since the Carnegie Hero Fund was es­tab­lished by in­dus­tri­al­ist-phi­lan­thropist and U. S. Steel founder An­drew Carnegie, $32.7 mil­lion has been given in one-time grants, schol­ar­ship aid, death ben­e­fits, and con­tin­u­ing as­sis­tance.

Of the three de­ceased medal win­ners, each died while help­ing to save a child from drown­ing.

Mr. Carnegie wrote in the Hero Fund’s Deed of Trust that those who are in­jured or lose their lives in such acts are the “ he­roes of civ­i­liza­tion.”

Tina Moores, 35, was hon­oured re­cently with the Carnegie Medal for Brav­ery, in re­la­tion to her sac­ri­fic­ing her own life to res­cue a child from drown­ing at Red In­dian Lake in 2009. The pres­ti­gious award is pre­sented by the Carnegie Hero Fund, set up in 1904 by in­dus­tri­al­ist An­drew Carnegie. She is the only Cana­dian out of 19 re­cip­i­ents.

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