22 people earn heroism award
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who lost her life while coming to the aid of a victim of domestic violence was one of 22 people honored today with Carnegie medals for heroism.
Stacey Lynn Feiling, of Mount Pleasant, died June 1, 2010, after stopping to rescue Janet Piper, who was fleeing after being shot by her husband. Feiling was driving home from work and stopped to help Piper. But Piper’s husband confronted Feiling and then mortally wounded her, while Piper fled to safety.
Also honored for heroism in the same incident were Mark A. Garstek and John E. Schwartz, of Mount Pleasant, who risked their lives by confronting the assailant and helping others of safety.
Other medal winners honored were from Michigan, Canada, Vermont, Tennessee, Oregon, Kansas, West Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Nebraska and Georgia. Among them were three New Jersey men who rescued two people from a burning van that had crashed.
Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants approved by the commission. More than $35 million has been awarded to 9,598 honorees since the fund’s inception in 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.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, says its mission is to recognize people who perform heroic acts in civilian life and to provide financial help to those disabled, or to the dependents of those killed, by their heroism.
List of 22 recipients of Carnegie Hero medals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Winners of Carnegie Hero medals awarded Thursday:
— Loren Earl Hazen, 21, of Kalkaska, Mich. died helping to save Andrew J. Killingsworth, 18, from drowning in Rapid City, Mich., July 2011.
— Mark Kevin Breen, Jr., 29, of Hudsonville, Mich., saved Delilah H. Perez, 13, from drowning in Pentwater, Mich, in August 2011.
— Daniel G. R. Livingston, 22, of Courtenay, British Columbia, helped to save Jessy B. Vandergriendt, 22, from burning in a car in April 2010.
— Jonathan M. Nielsen, Sr., 32, of Morrisville, Vt., attempted to rescue Heather J. Manley, 48, from a house fire in Sept. 2011.
— Michael F. Schiotis, 44, of Spring Hill, Tenn. rescued Anna H. Trently, 41, from assault in Tobyhanna, Pa., in Nov. 2011.
— William L. O'Connor, 64, of Gold Beach, Ore., helped to rescue Leslie K. Hislop, 74, from a burning pickup truck in Gold Beach, Ore., Sept. 2011.
— Mark A. Garsteck, 55, of Mount Pleasant, Pa., and John E. Swartz, 47, of Mount Pleasant helped to constrain an armed assailant in June 2010.
— Stacey Lynn Feiling, deceased, of Mount Pleasant, Pa. died rescuing Janet Piper from assault in June 2010.
— James W. Linthicum, 34, of Wichita, Kan. rescued Edgar J. Arreola, 16, from assault in May 2011.
— Wilfred L. Spencer III, 43, of Moundsville, W. Va. rescued Tiffany L. Aumick, 28, from assault in Wheeling, W. Va., in January 2012.
— John A. Lais, deceased, of Burlington, Vt., died attempting to help save a boy from drowning in Emerald Isle, N.C., August 2011.
— Jeffrey W. Caldwell, 43, of Frenchtown, N.J., Michael A. Pellegrino, 37, of Brick, N.J., and Frederick K. Dow, 49, of Ewing, N.J. saved Frances L. and Harris J. Kaplan from burning in Ewing, N.J., January 2012. Frances, 81, and her son, Harris, 54, were inside a van that had crashed into a wooden utility pole.
— Alan B. Hall, deceased, of Land O'Lakes, Fla., died saving Ruby S. Monahan, 5, from drowning in Dunedin, Fla., April 2012.
— Christopher DeFelice, 32, of Philadelphia, saved Enderson Tejada, 20, from drowning in April 2011.
— Cody Lewis Decker, 17, and Luke Daniel Vaughn, 17, of DeWitt, Mich., saved Tracy D. Lopez, 44, and rescued Carlos A. Adams, 42, from burning in a car, Palm Coast, Fla., April 2012.
— Brandon M. Wemhoff, 29, of Lincoln, Neb. saved Margaret E. Mullet, 54, from assault in May 2011.
— Nicholas Ray Dorken, 28, of Innerkip, Ontario, saved a man from burning, Fort Myers, Fla., February 2012.
— Tray Hughes Ross, 20, of Gainesville, Ga. saved Harold Johnson, Jr., 76, from burning in November 2011.
Source: Carnegie Hero Fund Commission