Local hero honoured with international medal for bravery
Minister encourages people to be inspired by her courage, determination
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.