Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

by Laurel | January 29th, 2007

[Adapted from the Adams County News, Gettysburg, PA; 23 Jan 1909]

Pensions Provided for Widows and Children
of Those Who Lost Their Lives Saving Others
Penison Allowance New Reaches $16,400 Annually

Pittsburg, Jan. 21.– The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission at its annual meeting awarded twenty-six medals, $14,750 in cash and pensions aggregating $565 per month for deeds of valor investigated since the last meeting of the commission last October.

The cash awards made by the commission since its organization in May, 1905, amount to $163,452,26 and the pension allowance $16,550 annually.

Among those whose deeds of heroism were rewarded by the commission are two full-blooded Indians living on government land.

Among the awards made are the following:

A silver medal and $250 were awarded to John J. Kennedy of Holyoke, Mass., father of John F. Kennedy thirteen years old, who was drowned in an ineffectual attempt to save Edward A. Pellissier, Jr., ten years old, July 6, 1904.

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