Larry Brian Jordan, 48, of Poland, Maine, saved a 38-year-old Robert G. Evans, Jr. who was trapped in a burning pickup truck that crashed and overturned in a ditch on May 20, 2009. While others used fire extinguishers to fight the flames, Jordan pried open the passenger door and, with help, was able to pull Evans from the truck,

He and 22 other heroes from around the country were honored today with Carnegie medals for heroism.

Pittsburgh steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund in 1904 after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people. More than $32 million has been awarded to 9,372 people. Medalists, or their heirs, receive $6,000.