Seattle student who stopped gun attack among Carnegie Heroes

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Maquoketa duo to receive heroism awards for rescuing man from burning house.

A Medina father of four who died last year while trying to save a 16-year-old girl from drowning in Lake Erie is among 24 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.

Jon Meis, a student building monitor, pepper-sprayed and tackled a gunman as he paused to reload his shotgun at a building at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. The awards are given to those who risk their lives while attempting to save others. “I do indeed believe that they made the difference of that being a successful rescue instead of a fatality, a body recovery,” said Beck, who nominated the duo for the award. “Had someone not intervened at the time that they did, by the time the fire department got there, it would have been too late.” Harvey L.

He swam out in the choppy, 61-degree waters to help Angel Rodgers and began to guide her back to shore, but he was carried off by a current during her successful rescue, according to the fund’s news release. Police have said the shooter, who killed a 19-year-old man outside Otto Miller Hall and wounded two other young people, had 50 additional shotgun shells and a hunting knife. The Carnegie Hero awards are named for Pittsburgh 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. Earlier this year when the shooter was sentenced, the man still had two bullets lodged in his body — one in his spine and one in his chest muscle, The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver reported.

Other award winners include Michael Campanella and Adam Matthew Myers, who rescued a man from a burning station wagon in Clifton Park, NY, and Laurence T. The fire broke out near 48-year-old Untiedt’s Christmas tree, but as he attempted to flee, one of the chair’s wheels stopped working, trapping him between the kitchen and living room as flames grew.

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