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Act of heroism worthy of Carnegie Medal

For the most part, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission's work focuses on recognizing smaller acts of heroism which do not capture wide-spread attention.

Carnegie Heroes have saved — or attempted to rescue — people from burning buildings, rabid dogs, attempted murders, cave-ins, drownings, avalanches, and other perils.

In all, 105 people received Carnegie Medals last year, making them part of the select group of 8,869 whose heroism and bravery have earned them the medal since its inception in 1904.

Jonathan Pinque and Mitch Lamb, students at East Limestone High School, are eligible for being included in the select group.

The teenagers saved two friends from drowning after a car plunged into a pond near Jonathan's home at Capshaw.

"I began to panic because I couldn't get the doors open," he said. "I composed myself. I thought I could break a front window. I went to my garage and found a metal bar."

After leading three teenage girls to safety, they used the bar to knock out the sunroof to reach two trapped teenage boys as the car slipped farther under water.

"I didn't even think about what I was doing. I just didn't want my friends to drown and I was going to do all that I could to get them out," Jonathan said.

Hopefully, someone will nominate them for medals. Here's how. Write:

Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1640, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1823. Or telephone toll free (800) 447-8900.

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