- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) - A Johnson County man who died trying to save his grandmother during a flood is being considered for an award for his efforts.

The Lexington Herald Leader (https://bit.ly/1RDTs1m ) reported that 34-year-old Scott Johnson is being considered for a medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The award recognizes those who risk their lives trying to save others.

Kevin Johnson, Scott Johnson’s father, says his son tried to get his grandmother out of her mobile home during a flood in Johnson County last July.

“I hollered and said, ‘Scott, you can’t make it!’” Kevin Johnson recalled. “He said, ‘I’m getting Nanaw out of that trailer!’”

His son made it inside, but the water lifted the home and pushed it downstream. Johnson and his grandmother died in the flood.

The commission’s investigations manager, Jeffrey A. Dooley, says the commission is researching Johnson’s actions and says it could be several months before a decision is made.

The award was started by Andrew Carnegie in 1904 after he was inspired by the stories of two men who died trying to help overs in a coal mine blast. The fund has awarded medals to 9,845 people. The commission states that 156 recipients have been from Kentucky.

Johnson’s mother, Trena Cantrell, said her son will always be considered her hero even if he doesn’t win the award.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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