Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

2 Children Who Died Saving Others among 21 Carnegie Heroes

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

2 Children Who Died Saving Others among 21 Carnegie Heroes

Article excerpt

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 away $38.7 million to 9,914 awardees 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, who 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, who saved a 75-year-old woman and 9-year-old girl from a car that crashed into a pond in Marina, California, in January 2015. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.