The Carnegie Medal is awarded to those who risk their lives saving or trying to save the lives of others. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was established 116 years ago by American industrialist philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, inspired by two people who lost their lives trying to save others in the Harwick mine disaster near Pittsburgh which claimed the lives of 181 people. One of the latest to receive the medal is Jon Stein-Palmiere, a 20-year-old Calgary who died in May 2019.
Stein-Palmiere was on vacation with his girlfriend’s family at Lake Windermere when he heard his girlfriend’s 10-year-old stepsister calling for help and swam to her rescue.
“He saw her… struggling to keep her head above water,” her friend Dakota Hopkins told CBC News at the time. “He threw it in the air and when he threw it up in the air he fell. He just couldn’t get over it. ”
Stein-Palmière rescued the young girl but failed to return to land himself.
Hopkins said Stein-Palmiere was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he died.
He said he was not at all surprised that Stein-Palmière came out as a hero.
“That’s exactly the kind of person Jon was,” he says. “What kind of a person he was is when things happen you have to step in, and that’s what Jon did and he stepped in and he did something amazing… he did it. , he saved her.
“That’s what a beautiful soul like him would do. ”
Stein-Palmiere was studying carpentry at SAIT and dreamed of one day opening his own carpentry workshop.
Hopkins said his friend was a music lover who taught himself to play the guitar and brightened the lives of everyone who knew him.
Another Canadian was named among the 17 medalists on Monday, Harmanjeet Singh Gill of Brampton, Ont.
Gill, a then 20-year-old truck driver, was driving in Brampton on August 29, 2018, when he saw a serious accident. He ran to a burning SUV, stuck his head and arms through the vehicle’s sunroof, and pulled one of the three men inside, bringing him to safety.
Then he returned and dragged a second man to safety. Back in the vehicle, he struggled to reach the third man. With the help of a teenager, he broke the sunroof and they were able to get the third man to safety before the whole vehicle was engulfed in flames.
It was the final announcement of the 2020 Carnegie Medal recipients. Each of the fellows or their survivors will receive a financial grant.
Since its inception, the fund has provided over $ 42 million in one-time grants, scholarships, death benefits and assistance.