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Carnegie Medal presentation to Justin Lee Greenwald

Carnegie Medal presentation to Justin Lee Greenwald


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 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. And with that, I’d like to read citation from the Carnegie Hero Fund. Justin Lee Greenwald saved Ronald L. Lallone from burning, in Calabasas, Calif., Nov. 29, 2015. Lallone, 81, was asleep in a bedroom at one end of his motor home after fire broke out at night at the opposite end. Fire and flames spread quickly, blocking the front door, and filled the structure with smoke. A neighbor, Justin, who was 17 at the time, a high school student of Calabasas, responded to the scene, from his nearby home. He approached the burning structure’s side door and finding it locked, punched out the glass and forced the door open with his shoulder. Justin entered the house to flames that were spread into the living room. He entered Lallone’s bedroom, pulled Lallone to his feet, and supporting him, guided him to the side door and outside to safety. Flames grew and destroyed the house. Justin, on behalf of the Carnegie Hero Fund, I’m truly honored to present you the Carnegie Medal. First off, I’d like to thank Don Thompson and 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 and what I’m sure this means to Ron. I moved to Calabasas about two years ago and had the honor of moving about two doors down from Mr. Ron Lallone and immediately he took me under his wing. He’s been a mentor to me ever since. I really can’t describe what Ron means to me and my family I just want to say thank you for teaching me what you’ve taught me and I promise to carry your words and your wisdom to my children and to every person that I meet and I encounter the rest of my life. So thank you Ron.


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