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Medalists from Greater Lowell

September 21, 2018

People from Greater Lowell who have been awarded the Carnegie Medal:

Thomas H. Burns, Lowell

Burns, 17, a molder’s helper, died attempting to save Frank Newell, 5, from drowning in the Pawtucket Canal in Lowell on July 23, 1906. Thomas, who could not swim, tied a condemned hawser around his waist and jumped into the canal. Frank was later rescued.

William H. Carey, Lowell

Carey unsuccessfully attempted to save Nicholas McNaulty, 10, and Patrick H. McHugh, 14, when they fell through the ice in Concord River in Lowell on Jan. 22, 1911.

Brian Michael Carter and Shane Michael Garneau, Dracut

Carter, 23 and Garneau, 18, saved Jonathan D. Roark in Dracut on Aug. 12, 2001. Roark, 28, was suspended by his safety belt in the driver’s seat of an inverted and burning car after an accident at night.

L. Rodger Currie, native of Lowell

Currie, 81, and Richard J. Gallagher 54, of Hyannis Port, saved six people from a burning yacht in Nantucket Sound on July 12, 2005. Currie, a dentist who practiced in Chelmsford, had retired to Palm Beach, Florida.

William John Delaney, West Concord

Delaney, 19, saved Robert L. Bumford, 6, from drowning in the Assabet River in Concord he broke through the ice on Feb. 22, 1935.

John F. Dowling, Lowell

Dowling, 42, city fireman, saved Paul A. Nadeau, 7, from drowning in the Northern Canal in Lowell on April 20, 1951

Newell S. GIlman, Lowell

Gilman, 19, saved Joseph S. Murdock, 53, from drowning in heavy breakers in Old Orchard, Maine, on Aug, 23, 1906.

Terry Holbein, Shirley

Holbein rescued Andrew I. Rome from an assault in the parking lot of a car dealership in Shirley on Aug. 8, 1994. Rome, 40, a police officer, was being attacked by a man he was attempting to arrest. Rome’s gun fell from its holster during the struggle. As the assailant grabbed it, Holbein pinned the man’s arm to the ground, allowing Rome to secure the gun.

Brian Patrick Joyce and Steven Edward Joyce Jr., Littleton

The Joyce brothers, landscapers, helped to save Erin E. Brogan and David T. Yahoodik from burning following a car accident in Newton on July 28, 2012.

Henry A. Laughlin, Concord

Laughlin, 34, saved Mary Droney, 13, from drowning in the Charles River in Cambridge on March 18, 1926.

John E. Lemire, Lowell

Lemire, 17, saved Stanley W. Oke, 6, from drowning in the Merrimack River in Lowell on April 30, 1947.

Pil Lunn, Lowell

Lunn helped to save Peuo Tuy, her cousin, from drowning in the Pawtucket Canal in Lowell on May 28, 1990. While fishing, Peuo, 11, a non-swimmer, fell 12 feet from the top of a wall.

John M. McGeown Jr., North Chelmsford

McGeown, 15, saved Susan K. Emmons, 10, Cynthia C. Emmons, 8, and Ann F. MacGregor, 9, from being struck by a train in North Chelmsford July 9, 1967. McGeown helped pull the girls from the front seat of a coupe driven by her by the Emmons’ mother that had stalled on the railboard tracks. The mother escaped just before the lead engine struck the car.

Stephen W. McInerney, Lowell

McInerney, 20, helped to rescue Rita D. Gross, 70, from burning, in Burlington on July 20, 1988. Gross was trapped in her car after a fiery highway accident.

Charles T. Porter Jr., Pepperell

Porter, 17, helped to save Jeffrey N. Damp, 20 and Philip T. Davis, 18, from possible death from exposure, on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, March 24-25, 1968.

Gardner I. Ritchie, Wilmington

Ritchie, 40, saved William E. Converse, 60, from being killed by a train in Wilmington on Dec. 8, 1930. Converse was standing on a track on which a work train was approaching northward behind him at a speed of 30 mph. As the passenger train was passing Converse at a speed of 25 mph, Ritchie grabbed Converse under the armpits, and lifted him to the space between the two tracks.

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