Carnegie Heroes awards 19 medals, cash for bravery
An Oregon man who jumped into a moving tractor-trailer and stopped it to save an unconscious driver and his son has been awarded a Carnegie medal for heroism.
Christopher Howard is one of the 19 Carnegie medal winners announced Thursday.
The truck driver lost consciousness while hauling lumber near St. Helens, Ore., on Aug. 7, 2007. His 9-year-old son was trying to steer the rig when saw Howard saw the boy driving.
Howard stopped his car, jumped onto the slowing truck, opened the door and stepped on the brakes.
Steel baron Andrew Carnegie launched the hero fund in 1904 after hearing about rescue stories from a mine disaster that had killed 181 people. Since then, $31.2 million has been awarded to 9,262 people. Recipients receive $6,000 and a medal.