Michigan Residents Among Carnegie Hero Medal Winners

Five Michigan residents are among the recipients of Carnegie Heroes Fund medals being awarded Thursday.
Garrett T. Townsend Jr. of Detroit, drowned helping to save a 7-year-old boy who fell into an excavation pit filled with murky water 15 feet deep at a construction site. Townsend went in the water even though he didn't swim well and helped the boy until someone else could remove him from the water.
Alexander J. Whitney of Grand Haven, Michigan, saved a 16-year-old boy who was pulled from the shore of Lake Michigan by a strong current.
Corey Saladin of Reed City, Michigan, saved two girls, ages 8 and 9, who were carried into the Gulf of Mexico by a strong tidal current in Sanibel, Florida. Saladin swam out 800 feet to the girls using a short surfboard.
Keith Sampson and Kristine Kelly Keaton of Flint, Michigan, helped rescue a family from an attacking dog. Keaton and a 3-year-old were badly bitten.
A total of 19 individuals will receive the award.

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