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Rescuer earns Medal. (The Goodness of America).

On May 4, 2001 in Westerlo, New York, Matthew T. Golden, 18, and Diana A. Johnson, 18, were involved in a car accident that sent the vehicle driven by Golden careening through the wall of a garage. Both Golden and Johnson were rendered unconscious.

Joseph A. McGuire, 44, witnessed the accident from a nearby home. Running to the scene, he broke through the garage door and went to the driver's side of the burning car. Opening the door, he grasped Golden under the arms and dragged him to safety. Returning to see if there were other occupants, he found Johnson still unconscious. He pulled her from the car, carried her to the rear of the vehicle, and handed her to another man who had arrived. Shortly after everyone was safely outside, the garage was engulfed by flames and totally destroyed.

Golden and Johnson, who were hospitalized for treatment of multiple injuries, recovered. On July 2nd of this year, McGuire was awarded a Carnegie Medal, given by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission to persons who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
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Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Date:Dec 2, 2002
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