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FREE AT LAST: CARNEGIE HERO MEDAL EXTRACTED FROM LUCITE BLOCK
A few issues back Douglas Chambers of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission took the advice of our readers to remove a Carnegie Hero Medal from a fire-damaged block of Lucite. The operation is complete. He writes: "Attached are before and after photos of the medal. After I removed the last bits of Lucite we sent it to Hugo Greco for a final cleaning and protecting."
Well, it looks like the operation was a success. -Editor
The Hero Fund web site lists this entry for the medal, which was awarded in 1966:
DONALD W. FREDERICK
Donald W. Frederick saved Lloydina L Bailey from being struck by a runaway truck, Nederland, Texas, October 29, 1966. Lloydina, 17, was on the walk leading from a community center when a pickup truck which had gone out of control proceeded diagonally across the lawn toward the walk at about 40 m.p.h. Donald, 14, schoolboy, who was beside and slightly behind Lloydina, saw the truck strike an automobile parked on the lawn and then continue toward the walk. He shouted a warning to Lloydina. She stopped in the path of the truck, frozen in fear as it proceeded at undiminished speed to within 15 feet of her. Donald delayed jumping backward in order to push Lloydina forward, thrusting her from the truck's path. He then tried to move backward but was struck on the head by a mirror on the side of the truck and knocked unconscious. The truck passed over the walk and stopped beyond it after striking another automobile. Donald, who had suffered a skull fracture, was unconscious for about a week and was hospitalized a week longer.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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