Ohioan among 22 to get Carnegie medals for heroism

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A southeast Ohio man is one of 22 people being honored with medals for heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

Thursday’s list includes 35-year-old Christopher E. Williams of Gallipolis, along the Ohio River. He rescued a 3-year-old neighbor, Samuel Dust, when a fire broke out at a family’s mobile home nearly a year ago. The commission says Williams also alerted the boy’s mother to the blaze and pulled her to safety.

Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants approved by the commission. More than $35 million has been awarded to more than 9,600 honorees since 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.

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