Carnegie Award stays with recipient for life
"A medal shall be given to the hero, widow, or next of kin, which shall recite the heroic deed it commemorates, that descendants may know and be proud of their descent."
Whatever else he accomplishes in life, 17-year-old Jonathan Pinque of Capshaw has the legacy of a hero. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission this week made the East Limestone High School sophomore one of 16 people to receive the bronze medallion and $4,000 award that recognizes his bravery.
The above quote is what Andrew Carnegie, who was at that time the world's richest man, said when he established the trust fund and award in 1904. Along with the medal, Mr. Carnegie wanted a monetary award given because the heroes sometimes give their life. Often the hero is the breadwinner of a family, and he wanted to give their families financial help.
Young Pinque risked his life when he pulled two friends from a submerged vehicle that ran into a pond March 20, 2005.
We join in saluting this brave young man.