Vista,CA– The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awards the Carnegie Medal to individuals from throughout the United States and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others. The Carnegie Medal is considered the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
A 56-year-old mechanic, Kenneth Alfred, of Vista, Calif., ran across a parking lot after witnessing two men assaulting his neighbors on Sept. 22, 2019.
A 56-year-old mechanic ran across a parking lot after witnessing two men assaulting his neighbors on Sept. 22, 2019. Roxana Valdovinos and her wife were sitting in their vehicle at their Vista, Calif., condo complex when the men pulled up in a truck and approached their vehicle. One of the men opened the driver’s door, pointed a knife at driver Valdovinos, 36, and demanded she exit the car. Her wife exited and screamed for help as the mechanic, Kenneth Alfred, responded. Valdovinos fended the assailant off with her feet until Alfred reached them, grasped the assailant’s neck, and shoved him to the ground. The assailant stabbed Alfred in the abdomen, and then the second man pulled Alfred’s shirt over his head, before they both fled in the truck. Alfred needed surgery for his wound and remained hospitalized for two days. He recovered in one month.
The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. With this first announcement of 2020 recipients, a total of 10,153 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 116 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $41.7 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits, and continuing assistance.
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