• Heroes honored with Carnegie Medal

    The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission on Dec. 14, 2011 named 18 individuals as recipients of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

    Ronald D. Curry of Pacific Grove and his golfing partner, Harold T. Leach of Danville often golf early on Sunday mornings at Pacific Grove Golf Links. On this particular Sunday, November 8, 2009, they had reached the 18th hole at about 10:00.

    “Because they play early, it put them there in a position to hear those men in trouble. Most golfers reach that spot about 11:30 or later,” said Pacific Grove Golf Links Pro Joe Reikana.

    Margarito Garcia and another man were in a 15-foot aluminum boat off Point Pinos when the boat capsized in rough surf. They shouted for help, drawing the attention of Curry, 50, painting contractor, and Leach, 51, financial service company executive. Curry and Leach ran into the water and waded and swam in cold, Pacific Ocean water toward the men in high waves breaking among large rocks near shore.

    Garcia’s companion reached an exposed rock and clung to it, but Garcia was floating face down about 300 feet from shore. Curry and Leach reached him, positioned him on his back, and then with difficulty retraced their course to shore, pulling him. Lifeguards arrived and rescued Garcia’s companion.Curry and Leach were both tired and cold and had cuts to their legs from the rocks, but they recovered.

    These heroes bring to 83 the number of awards made in 2011 and to 9,495 the total number of awards since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904. Commission President Mark Laskow stated that each of the awardees will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 107 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $33.9 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 5, 2012

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