PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Maine man was among 19 people honored Wednesday with Carnegie medals for heroism.

Robert Danforth, 39, of Troy, Maine, saved Sandra Hubbard, 49, from drowning after her car crashed into the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield on Sept. 7, 2006.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission meets five times annually to choose honorees, who are brought to its attention through newspaper articles or tips on its Web site. Recipients, or their survivors, receive a bronze medal and $5,000.

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, 9,130 people have received medals and $29.8 million has been awarded in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance.


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