Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heroes of Today Are Recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Heroes of Today Are Recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund

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In his piece "What Is Worth? Who Is a Hero?" (Dec. 24 Forum), Samuel Hazo states that "[i]n civilian life, the opportunities for altruism abound but are rarely recognized. Medals are not bestowed on those who give or risk their lives for others." Mr. Hazo will be heartened by the work of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based right here in Pittsburgh and in its 114th year.

The Hero Fund was the thoughtful and lasting gift of Andrew Carnegie, one of many that would benefit our communities and the wider world, and perhaps his favorite. The commission bestows the Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism to those who risk their own lives, to an extraordinary degree, to save or attempt to save the life of another.

In addition to simply recognizing heroic acts, the Hero Fund has provided nearly $40 million in one-time grants, continuing benefits and scholarship assistance to heroes and their dependents, thus fulfilling Carnegie's wish that neither heroes nor those dependent upon them should suffer as a result of their selflessness, which may have dire consequences. …

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