- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winners of Carnegie Hero medals announced Thursday:

- Cesar Andy Garcia, 18 of Ronkonkoma, New York, and Michael Thomas Frawley, 18, of Hamburg, New York, both saved a 9-year-old boy from drowning in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Nov. 23, 2014. The boy’s father drowned attempting to help the child.

- Dennis C. Hunke II, 51, of Plainfield, Illinois, who died trying to rescue an 84-year-old woman from an out-of-control vehicle.

- Helen Goulet 72, of Courtenay, British Columbia, saved an 89-year-old woman from a house fire.

- The Olson family, of Jefferson, South Dakota, helped a woman being threatened by her husband with a gun on May 10, 2014. Gary Olson, 64, his wife Mary Olson, 54, Shelby Olson, 20, stopped in a parking lot and let the woman into their car. The man shot at them, injuring Shelby Olson.

- Peter Todd Radke, 43, of Medina, Ohio, was killed May 31, 2014 trying to save a woman from drowning after she was struck by a wave on Lake Erie.

- Wayne L. Hoffman, 66, of Spring Green, Wisconsin, died on Dec. 23, 2014 trying to save a man struggling in the waters of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

- Michael Campanella, 40, of Clifton Park, New York and Adam Matthew Myers, 21,of Ballston Spa, New York, worked together to save a man trapped in burning station wagon on August 8, 2014 in Clifton Park.

- Kevin Michael O’Connor, 40, of Ottawa, Illinois, saved a man from drowning while kayaking in the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois on April 19, 2014.

- Laurence T. Norton III, 47, of New Orleans, rescued a woman being stabbed by a man with a large kitchen knife on Oct. 27, 2014 in the city. Norton grabbed the woman away from the man in a parking lot, tussled with the man and helped her into his dentist’s office, administering first aid.

- Clifford W. J. Peterson, 40, a police constable from Ajax, Ontario, saved a man from falling off an icy bridge in Toronto on Dec. 8, 2013.

- Fraser A. Potts, 28, of Limoges, Ontario, saved a woman from drowning in a suicide attempt in Fairford, Manitoba on May 10, 2013.

- Jon Christopher Meis, 22, of Renton, Washington, saved an indeterminate number of people during a campus shooting in Seattle on June 5, 2014. He pepper-sprayed and tackled a gunman as he paused to reload his shotgun at a building at Seattle Pacific University.

- Steven A. Martin, 39, of Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, rescued a woman trapped in a burning car on Sept. 6, 2014 in Patton, Pennsylvania.

- Neil C. Burkhardt, 32, of Portland, Oregon, tackled a woman who was firing a gun at a man in an office building on Feb. 4, 2014. He wrested the gun from the woman and held her at gunpoint until security arrived. The man was shot but recovered.

- Matthew L. Tranel, 39, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Cory Alan Simonson, 29, of Maquoketa, Iowa, saved a 48-year old man whose wheelchair malfunctioned during a house fire.

- Joshua J. Gardner, 36, of Calgary, Alberta, saved a man whose SUV left the roadway and landed a golf course pond on July 5, 2014.

- Clifford A. Wright, 72, of Sarasota, Florida, saved two people from drowning when their car wound up in a pond after an accident and started to sink on Jan. 13, 2015.

- Stuart Chaffin, 45, of St. Cloud, Florida, saved an unresponsive driver whose car caught fire after an accident on Dec. 22, 2014 in Orlando.

- Boyce Coleman, 43, of Yonkers, New York, drowned on Sept. 7, 2014, trying to save a 5-year-old boy who floated away from the banks of the Hudson River during a community event. Jennifer Fanelli, 23, of Elmsford New York, took the boy from Coleman and swam back to shore.

- William J. Driscoll, 34, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, stopped a runaway vehicle with an unresponsive driver on a highway by ramming it with his own on Sept. 15, 2014.



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