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Onalaska man named 'Carnegie Hero'

 

PITTSBURGH, Penn. -- A 36-year-old metal worker from Onalaska, who in 2016 helped rescue a seven-yearold girl from drowning at the cost of his own life, was one of 18 civilians awarded Carnegie Medals last week for acts of extraordinary heroism. Bobby Lynn Arnold was one of four of the Carnegie Heroes to have lost their lives in the performance of their acts of courage. The youngest of the four, 10-year-old Kevin D. Little Jr. of Milwaukee, died while attempting to save his twoyear- old cousin from a house fire. Others included Michael Lumahang, a 39-year-old custodian from Ottawa, Ontario, who helped save a 12-year-old boy from drowning and Jamie Allen Hyatt, a 34-year-old truck driver from Wood Lake, Min., who attempted to save a man from suffocation. The Carnegie Medal is awarded by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. The heroes announced on Tuesday were on the third list of recipients announced in 2017, bringing to 57 the number of awards made this year and to 9,971 the total number since the Pittsburgh-based fund's inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the recipients or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 113 years since the fund was established by industrialistphilanthropist Andrew Camegie, $39.4 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance. According to the fund's announcement, Arnold died helping to rescue Emily A. Nevil, 7, from drowning on June 29, 2016 near Trinity. Emily, while boating with her family, fell from the bow platform of a pontoon boat into Lake Livingston. She struggled to stay afloat in the water. Arnold was on the boat and witnessed Emily's fall. He jumped from the rear of the boat into the lake and swam to her. Emily's mother and aunt also jumped into the water and swam toward Emily. The aunt tried to reach Emily but the current thwarted her efforts. Arnold grasped Emily about her torso and held her above the water's surface. Arnold handed her to her mother, who had by then reached them, and she also held Emily above the water. They took turns holding her until the mother submerged and was taken away from them by current, later reaching the shore and safety. Arnold held Emily until a man in a pontoon boat arrived. The man took Emily from Arnold, and Arnold submerged and never resurfaced. Emily required hospital treatment for contusions to the majority of her body, and she was monitored for possible water inhalation. She was treated and released, and she recovered. A dive team later responded and recovered Arnold's body about eight hours later near the FM 356 White Rock Creek Bridge. He had drowned. The other awardees named Tuesday include: Kevin L. Heselton of Tiburon, Calif.; Nathan Michael Stieg of Dickinson, N.D.; Jayden Charles Concha of Dickinson, N.D.; Merrill O. Naylor of Stephens City, Va.; Richard William Dorrity of Livingston, Calif.; Jesse T. Haw of Ottawa, Ont.; John Paul Hollyfield of Accokeek, Md.; David E. Hammond of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Eric W. Edwards of Lodi, Calif.; Vincent Santaniello of Uhrichsville, Ohio; Harold Shaw of Uhrichsville, Ohio; René Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec; Tanner Douglas Boslau of Bend, Ore.; and James O. Vernon of Morton, Ill.

 

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