4 Who Died Among 19 Honored by Carnegie Hero Fund Commission
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Colorado physician who was fatally shot while trying to help his neighbor after she was wounded in a domestic shooting is one of 19 people being honored by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
Sixty-five-year-old Dr. Kenneth R. Atkinson ran out of his home in Centennial in April 2016 and was tending to the woman, when he was also shot. Three others being honored Monday with medals and cash awards also died during their rescue attempts.
The fund was endowed by the late steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer, who died trying to rescue others. It has given away $39.1 million to 9,953 awardees or their families since 1904.