PITTSBURGH — A man who drowned while helping to save a young girl off the coast of South Carolina was one of 22 people honored on Thursday with medals for heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
Kennebec County Deputy Jeremy Day is recognized for his part in rescuing a teenage girl from a burning car on November 15, 2012 in Windsor.
Jeffery Scott Dinkins drowned off Myrtle Beach, S.C., in July 2011. The 6-year-old girl and her father were wading in the Atlantic Ocean when they were caught in a current that swept them into deeper water.
Dinkins, 41, swam 150 feet offshore, took the girl from her father and started to swim toward the beach. As Dinkins began to struggle in the strong currents, other people helped the girl and her father to safety. But Dinkins, who was from Lewisville, N.C., lost consciousness and couldn’t be revived.
Another winner was Brian D. Lozier, a 23-year-old carpenter from Sterling, N.Y. Lozier rescued a farmer from a 1,100-bull that had attacked him in Cato, N.Y.
Other medal winners honored were from New Jersey, California, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maine, Rhode Island, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, Virginia and Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada.
Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants approved by the commission. More than $35 million has been awarded to 9,633 honorees since the fund’s inception in 1904. New recipients are announced four times a year.
Steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, says its mission is to recognize people who perform heroic acts in civilian life and to provide financial help to those disabled, or to the dependents of those killed, by their heroism.