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2017 presentations of the Carnegie Medal

2017 presentations of the Carnegie Medal


It’s my honor and privilege to present the
Carnegie Medal of civilian heroism to both of you today: to Jesse for your actions and
on behalf of Michael for his actions. Madison, it is indeed my honor and privilege It’s my honor and privilege It is indeed my honor and privilege to present to you today the Carnegie Medal to present the you today the Carnegie Medal for Heroism to present the Carnegie Medal for Heroism to Lisa McNairy On behalf of the Carnegie Hero Fund, I’m truly
honored to present you the Carnegie Medal It’s an honor for me to celebrate Duncan. This is a great day for Illinois. He’s done Illinois incredibly proud. That was a tremendous thing that you did,
and we thank you. Congratulations. (Applause) (Applause and cheering) Congratulations (Applause) Congratulations (Applause) You deserve it. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you very much.
–Incredibly Proud. (Applause) Our heroes come from all walks of life — all
religious, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds — but they have in common, at least, you
know, for one moment in time they put someone else’s life before their very own. That’s something that is uniquely human and
certainly reflects the very best of human nature. The other thing is that — and it doesn’t
go into detail of this in the movie — but the reality is, and I’ve seen it now first-hand,
when an individual’s life is saved by another person, that’s not just one life that’s saved. That’s a future family, generations, it’s
a whole family’s future. And we’ve kept in touch through the years,
and we have the benefit of a lot of history within our organization — we’re coming up,
hopefully early next year we’ll reach our 10,000th Carnegie Medal awardee. So we’ve seen the unfolding of futures of
families, and all that transpires because one life was saved. And one life was saved because another chose,
willingly, to put their life at risk for that person. Hero. This guy is the best. This is what Illinois is all about. This is what makes America the greatest nation
on Earth. Folks who care about others, put others’ concerns,
others’ safety, others’ well being ahead of their own. This is what Duncan has done. The Carnegie Hero Fund from [Andrew Carnegie]
is not the biggest [philanthropy created by Carnegie], but he said himself in his lifetime
that it was the dearest to him. He called it his own ‘pet-child.’ Because he felt that it was the only one that
he really conceived of himself with no input from anyone else. It was his own idea. And he felt very strongly about heroes, before
the Harwick mine disaster. But when Harwick happened, it compelled
him to act. The medal on the front has a picture of Andrew
Carnegie. Each one is individually engraved. Around the back of the medal, it also provides,
‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ Good words to live by. For someone her age — and again, our heroes
do come in all ages, but I think that type of selflessness on the part of someone so young,
I think it should give us all hope. I really do. For all of us, but also for the younger generation
that someone like Madison is out there, still willing to risk her life for another human
being. If there’s anything we can draw from that,
I think it’s — other than being extremely proud of her and honoring her for her actions
— is the hope that we should have. I was asked by a very special organization
to give a very special award to a very special person. Over the last 113 years of its existence,
the Carnegie Hero [Fund] Commission has carried out the founder’s wishes by awarding the Carnegie
Medal for heroism throughout the United States and Canada. The Commission’s definition of a hero has
been largely unchanged since 1904. This award is considered this country’s highest
civic award for heroism. I don’t know if I thought much about my own
safety. It just needed to be done. I’d like to thank Don Thompson, the Carnegie
foundation, as well as the Los Angeles County Fire Department for this incredible honor. Words can’t describe what this means to me. I really feel like this is about somebody
else today. I can completely relate to the people in the
video. I’m not a hero. I’m not. I just did what I feel like anybody else would
do. Although I hear a lot of people say that they
wouldn’t do it. Den would have been very, very proud. My mother would have been so proud.


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