A disabled mechanic from Morgantown is among 16 people honored today by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Forty-one-year-old Joseph Johnson saved Joshua Woosley, a passenger in a pickup truck that was in flames. The fiery traffic crash occurred near Morgantown in March.
Records show Terry Friell also was involved in the rescue, but was not listed by the hero commission.
The Pittsburgh-based commission meets five times annually to choose heroes, who are brought to its attention through newspaper clips or tips on its Web site. Recipients, or their survivors, get a bronze medal and $4,000.
Industrialist Andrew Carnegie started the fund in 1904 after being inspired by rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.
Since the fund was established, just over 9,000 people have received medals and almost $29 million has been given out in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance.