Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Kevin Begos
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.
Winners of Carnegie Hero medals awarded Thursday:
– Thomas St. John Harding, 51, of Mays Landing, N.J., rescued Steve J. Felice from assault in Elmer, N.J., in April 2011.
– William Smith, 31, of Fairview, N.J., saved Stanislau J. Kavalsky from burning in Hackensack, N.J., in February 2012.
– David B. Mayo, 45, of Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada, helped to save Marcian G. Cotter from drowning in Penetanguishene, Ontario, in August 2011.
– Marcelino M. Orozco, 44, of Long Beach, Calif., rescued Apolinar Correa from assault in Bellflower, Calif., in August 2011.
– Jeffery Scott Dinkins, 41, of Lewisville, N.C., died helping to save a girl from drowning in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in July 2011.
– Clarence M. Brooks Jr., 44, of Highland Village, Texas, helped to save David D. Baker from drowning in Highland Village in March 2012.
– Kevin Pratt, 31, of Milwaukie, Ore., saved Wayne L. Howe from drowning in Portland, Ore., in March 2012.
– Nicholas A. Hays, 16, of East Wenatchee, Wash., saved Quennia Calixto-Negrette from drowning in Wenatchee in May 2012.
– Bradley A. Bowman, 35, of Mablevale, Ark., helped to save Cynthia L. Brady from burning in Dallas in February 2012.
– James Philip Snider, 50, of Clarksville, Tenn., saved Tyler J. Farrow, Matthew S. Williams and Amy R. Stringer from burning in Clarksville in August 2011.
– Peter Weatherford, 52, of Clarksville, Tenn., tried to rescue Jackson H. Amos from burning in Clarksville in August 2011.
– John Nash Hale, 59, of Toms River, N.J., tried to rescue Jeffrey E. Lenox from attacking dogs in Toms River in January.
– Steven M. Enns, 28, of Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, saved Brent A. Mortimer and a boy from burning in Estevan in May 2012.
– Jeremy Day, 38, of Sidney, Maine, helped to save a girl from burning in Windsor, Maine, in November.
– Patrick J. Rimoshytus, 43, of Warren, R.I., helped to rescue Carolyn Corbett from burning in Warren in December.
– John Cody Clark, 17, of Vancouver, Wash., helped to save a boy from drowning in Rockaway Beach, Ore., in July 2012.
– Christopher E. Williams, 35, of Gallipolis, Ohio, saved Samuel L. Dust, 3, from burning in Gallipolis in October 2012.
– Thomas R. Nielsen, 43, of Louisville, Ky., and James B. Terry, 51, of Jeffersonville, Ind., saved Irmagene S. Lambert from burning in Louisville in January 2012.
– Pierre Johnson, 33, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., saved Audrey A. Stewart from burning in Brooklyn Park in May 2012.
– Brian D. Lozier, 23, of Sterling, N.Y., rescued John A. Crandon from an attacking bull in Cato, N.Y., in August 2012.
– Warren L. Wood Jr., 45, of Crozet, Va., rescued Jessica M. Lewis and Amber L. Johnson from burning and tried to save Michael W. Johnson in Crozet in November 2011.
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.