PITTSBURGH — In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Christian Smith survived. He did not drown.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism
Oregon teen who died trying to save brother is among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism
By JOE MANDAK
PITTSBURGH — A 16-year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie Medal for heroism.
S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15-foot waterfall to try to save his 13-year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Both boys were carried over the falls, but the younger boy survived.
Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt.
Another man, Bryon Snyder, 36, of Topeka, Kansas, helped rescue a woman who was abducted and threatened with a gun June 30, 2014. Snyder helped the woman run inside a convenience store after she escaped, and he was shot and critically injured while trying to prevent the gunman from entering.
The suspect was arrested after a police standoff at a nearby residence, and Snyder has since recovered.
The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee and Washington.
The Carnegie Hero awards honor those who risk their lives for others and are named for Pittsburgh steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. He was inspired to endow an award in his name by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster in 1904 that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer who died trying to rescue others.
The commission investigates stories of heroism and awards medals and cash several times a year. It has given away more than $37 million to 9,775 awardees or their families since 1904.