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21 Heroes Honored by Carnegie Hero Fund

September 17, 1987

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ When Martin Jones and his brother, Mark, came upon a burning car on a highway near Baltimore, they knew they had to work quickly to save a boy trapped inside.

″It was the only thing to do,″ Jones, 22, said Thursday. ″The kid was conscious and looking at us and asking us for help. What else could we do?″

The two brothers, both of Bel Air, Md., rescued Sean P. Little, 15, from the car on Interstate 95 on Dec. 10, 1986, placing them among 20 Americans and one Canadian honored for heroism Thursday by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

Three of the 21 heroes died in the performance of their deeds. The latest heroes are among 76 honored by the commission this year and 7,145 honored since it was founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1904.

Each hero or the hero’s survivors receives $2,500 and a medal.

Jones, a carpenter, said he and his 27-year-old brother ″ran up to the car and I went for a fire extinguisher.″

″He couldn’t get the kid out by himself. He backed away because of the heat, but then I tapped him on the shoulder and we both went in together. It all happened very fast. We figure maybe it took 15 or 20 seconds,″ he said.

The commission said the Joneses pulled the boy to safety moments before the car exploded. Both men suffered minor burns to their faces and hands.

Others honored are:

-The late Gerald K. Yanaba, 34, of Berkeley, Calif., who died unsuccessfully trying to save a woman from drowning in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 22, 1986.

-The late B. Michael Thompson, 18, of Sydney, Nova Scotia, who died trying to save three men from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean at Kennington Cove on Aug. 21, 1986. The three men were saved by others.

-The late Robert E. Dean, 30, of Forestville, N.Y., who died saving a 9- year-old boy from drowning in the Pacific Ocean on March 11.

-Teresa Rossiter, 26, of Massillon, Ohio, who saved a 96-year-old woman from a burning house on April 21.

-Ronald L. Sancho, 20, of Avondale, La., who saved a truck driver from suffocating from hydrochloric acid fumes following an accident in Baton Rouge, La., on April 11, 1986.

-Lewis E. Kerst III, 31, of Imperial Beach, Calif., who saved two children from a burning house in Livermore, Calif., on Oct. 25, 1986.

-Thomas D. Finn, 30, of Birmingham, Ala., who saved a 16-year-old boy from drowning in the Caney Fork River in Tennessee on May 3.

-Michael Bell, 39, of Salem, Ore., who was saved a 3-year-old girl from a burning house in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 3.

-Parker K. Wiemers, 18, of Marfa, Texas, who saved an 82-year-old man from being struck by a runaway airplane on Dec. 22, 1984.

-Lloyd Adams, 74, of Elmira, N.Y., who rescued a 38-year-old man from a burning house on Aug. 29, 1986.

-Gregory L. Gadsby, 49, of Foster City, Calif., who saved a woman from an assault in San Francisco on June 6.

-Phillip E. Bass, 26, of Chattahoochee, Fla., who saved a 2-year-old from a runaway automobile on March 23.

-James R. Barkley, 26, of Texarkana, Texas, who saved a woman from an assault on Jan. 21.

-Joseph C. Pavlik, 42, of Coupland, Texas, who helped save two women from drowning in Mustang Creek at Taylor, Texas, on May 29.

-William Collins Jr., 35, of El Cajon, Calif, who saved a woman from a burning condominium in San Diego on May 2, 1986. Collins was injured.

-Columbus White Jr., 53, of Santa Clara, Calif., who saved a man from his burning truck on Sept. 10, 1986.

-Clifford A. Chaffee, 72, of Long Beach, Calif., who saved a 4-year-old boy from a burning house on May 23, 1986.

-Albert B. Williams, 77, of Mount Prospect, Ill., who saved a woman from an assault in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Dec. 17.

-Mary Crowley, 14, of Flagler Beach, Fla., who saved three women from drowning on Sept. 15, 1986.

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