The Carnegie Hero Awards were announced today. The bronze medallion and $4,000 were awarded to 20 individuals who risked their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving the lives of others. The heroes announced today bring to 8,981 the number of awards made since the fund’s inception in 1904. An additional prize was awarded posthumously to Leslie Joseph Staniowski, who died in the performance of his act. Staniowski, 51, was felled by a gunman when he attempted to restrain the man, who was shooting at a bartender in a Las Vegas casino.

To nominate someone for the Carnegie Medal, write the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1640, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, or call toll free 1-800-447-8900. Read about all 21 acts of heroism, including a man who found a baby on the couch while crawling through a smoke-filled home looking for casualties in the midst of a blaze.

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