Chil­dren among Carnegie heroes

Fund awards medals, cash for brave res­cues

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JOE MANDAK AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH | Two chil­dren who died sav­ing the lives of even younger chil­dren are among 21 peo­ple be­ing hon­ored with Carnegie medals for hero­ism.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Com­mis­sion, based in Pittsburgh, an­nounced the win­ners Tues­day.

Natalie Re­nee Martin, 11, of She­boy­gan Falls, Wis­con­sin, led her 9-year-old sis­ter, Jenna, to safety when their house burned on Jan. 26. Natalie went back into the house at­tempt­ing to res­cue two other sib­lings, 10-year-old Ben­jamin Martin and 7-year-old Carter Maki, but all three were trapped and died later of com­pli­ca­tions from smoke in­hala­tion.

Kiera Vera Larsen, 10, was killed Feb. 22 when she pushed 2-year-old Emmah Gu­sich out of the way when a parked ve­hi­cle be­gan rolling down a sloped drive­way to­ward the tod­dler in El Ca­jon, Cal­i­for­nia. Kiera was struck and killed by the ve­hi­cle.

The com­mis­sion is named for the late steel mag­nate and phi­lan­thropist An­drew Carnegie, who was in­spired by sto­ries of hero­ism dur­ing a coal mine dis­as­ter that killed 181 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a miner and an en­gi­neer who died try­ing to res­cue oth­ers.

The com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­gates sto­ries of hero­ism and awards medals and cash sev­eral times a year. It has given $38.7 mil­lion to 9,914 hon­orees or their fam­i­lies since 1904.

Other win­ners an­nounced Tues­day, with res­cues tak­ing place in the home­town of each win­ner un­less other­wise noted:

● Peter F. Pontzer, 51, of Fair­fax, Vir­ginia, and Dun­can O.C. Harris, 21, of Buf­falo Grove, Illi­nois, saved a 13-year-old boy from drown­ing in the At­lantic Ocean at Emer­ald Isle, North Carolina, in July 2015.

● Ryan R. Rollinger, 39, of Har­ris­burg, South Dakota, was an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal who saved his prin­ci­pal from fur­ther harm after the prin­ci­pal was wounded by a 16-year-old stu­dent with a gun at school in Septem­ber 2015.

● Wil­liam E. Ramirez, 46, of Pem­broke Pines, Florida, saved a Mi­ami po­lice of­fi­cer from as­sault when the driver of a taxi pulled over by the of­fi­cer opened fire in April 2015.

● Nathan Ryan Reynolds, 35, of Clare­mont, Cal­i­for­nia, saved a 75-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl from a car that crashed into a pond in Ma­rina, Cal­i­for­nia, in Jan­uary 2015.

● R. Wayne Triv­ette, 67, of Me­ta­mora, Ohio, and Ti­mothy A. Holtz II, 35, of Sand Creek, Michi­gan, saved an un­con­scious woman from a burn­ing ve­hi­cle after a crash in Jasper, Michi­gan, in July 2015.

● Clark White­calf, 41, of Gal­li­van, Saskatchewan, res­cued a sleep­ing woman from a burn­ing house in Au­gust 2015.

● Cody Fields, 24, of Sil­ver Spring, Mary­land, and Brian Nes­bitt, 35, of Ger­man­town, Mary­land, res­cued an un­con­scious man from a burn­ing car in Sil­ver Spring in Septem­ber 2015.

● Shei ’Londa S. Brooks, 25, of Hous­ton, helped res­cue a man from a crashed, burn­ing ve­hi­cle in Fe­bru­ary.

● Lori Dop­pel-heuer Kear­ney, 35, of Maysville, Ken­tucky, died in an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to res­cue her three sons when their house burned in Oc­to­ber 2015.

● Ivan R. Romero Jr., 39, of An­te­lope, Cal­i­for­nia, saved a woman from a burn­ing car hit by a tanker truck in West Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, in July 2015.

● Den­nis D. Swen­son, 67, of Cor­nu­copia, Wis­con­sin, died while un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to res­cue his 95-year-old mother, Dorothy, when their house burned in May 2015.

● Calvin Bradley Stein, 51, of Madoc, On­tario, saved a 3-year-old girl from be­ing tram­pled by run­away ponies at a fair­ground in Tweed, On­tario, in July.

● Damian Bell, 35, of Pleas­ant Hill, Iowa, helped save a man who fell into an icy pond in In­di­anola, Iowa, in Fe­bru­ary.

● Joseph Kolanchick, 51, of Al­bany, New York, saved a man who fell through the ice at Collins Lake in Scotia, New York, while skat­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

● Joshua Gary Grim­mett, 33, of Boise, Idaho, saved an in­jured woman from drown­ing in Mores Creek in May.

● Robert M. Shaw Jr., 54, of Walling­ford, Con­necti­cut, saved a man from a burn­ing tanker truck in Meri­den, Con­necti­cut, in July 2015.


A can­dle­light vigil was held in Jan­uary in mem­ory of three chil­dren who were killed in a house fire in Wis­con­sin. Natalie Re­nee Martin, 11, who died sav­ing the lives of even younger chil­dren, was among 21 peo­ple who were hon­ored Tues­day with Carnegie medals for hero­ism.

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