Local man recognized for bravery

CINCINNATI - A neighbor who rescued a child from a burning house in Northside is among a group of people recognized for their heroism.

Two Ohio men who saved others from burning and an Ohio woman who helped a police officer from an assault are among 21 winners of Carnegie medals for heroism.

Angela Pierce, a 29-year-old from of Dayton, is credited with helping rescue the officer in December 2010. Ryan Phillips, 43 of Cincinnati, saved a 3-year-old child from a fire in February 2011, and Billy Higgins, a 35-year-old Tiltonsville resident, saved an 89-year-old from burning in December 2010.

Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants from a fund. More than $33.9 million has been awarded to 9,516 honorees since its 1904 inception. Recipients are announced four times a
year.

Carnegie medalists or their heirs receive financial grants from a fund. More than $33.9 million has been awarded to 9,516 honorees since the fund's inception in 1904. New recipients are announced four times a year.

Steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, says its mission is to recognize people who perform heroic acts in civilian life and to provide financial help to those disabled, or to the dependents of those killed, by their heroism.

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