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Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

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Purpose and Activities

A private operating foundation established to recognize, with the award of medals and sums of money, heroism voluntarily performed by civilians within the U.S. and Canada in saving or attempting to save the lives of others; and to grant monetary assistance, including scholarship aid, to awardees and to the dependents of those who have lost their lives or who have been disabled in such heroic manner.


Established in 1904 in PA - Founded in the name of Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie established the Carnegie Steel Company, which launched the steel industry in Pittsburgh, PA. During his lifetime, he personally donated over $300 million in gifts, including over $56 million for more than 2,500 municipal library buildings throughout the English-speaking world. Carnegie had long held the idea that ordinary citizens who perform extraordinary acts of heroism should be recognized for their deeds. After a massive explosion in 1904 in a coal mine that claimed 181 lives, including two rescuers, Carnegie set aside $5 million to recognize "civilization's heroes" and to provide financial assistance for those disabled and the dependents of those killed helping others.


Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

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436 7th Ave., Ste. 1101 Pittsburgh, PA United States 15219-1841

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